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Google Maps v3.0 – New Latitude Find A Friend Feature

googlemapslatitude Earlier this morning Google released Google Maps version 3 with a new feature that has the internet wondering what is next. The new feature is called Latitude and lets you login to your Google account and share your location with your friends. This is definitely a game changer for Google and the beginning of a grassroots social network. Now lets see if it takes off…

With Google Latitude, you can:

  • See where your friends are and what they are up to
  • Quickly contact them with SMS, IM, or a phone call
  • Maintain complete control over your privacy

To pick up the latest version head to from your BlackBerry browser or read more at this link from your PC.

From your mobile phone – View your friends’ locations and status messages and share yours with them. (Supported phones)

From your computer – View your friends’ locations and status messages on a full screen even without a compatible phone or data plan. Click here to see your friends from your PC.

  • Share locations
    • Location sharing starts only when both you and a friend agree. Invite friends via email or easily add them from your Gmail contacts.
  • Control Privacy
    • You can share, set, or hide your location – or turn off Google Latitude – from the privacy menu. You can also hide your location or share only a city-level location with certain friends.
  • Share Status
    • Create a status message and upload your photo within Latitude. It also syncs directly with Google Talk. Check your friends’ status messages to see what your friends are up to.
  • Contact Your Friends
    • Quickly contact your friends with an SMS, IM, or phone call. You can also get directions to lead you to your friends.

via Google Mobile Blog

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  1. Wow, iPhone not yet supported. Take that!! :PPPPPP

  2. Two comments: Where are the numbers for Favorites? I used to be able to hit * and a number to jump to that favorite. Now I have to use the scroll wheel. Very annoying!! 2nd the G1 seems not supported as claimed because my first who has one can see me, but me not him.

  3. HELLO!! Anyone else notice that you can set your status in Google Talk and it will Sync with Google Maps 3 to display your same status in both? I think this is pretty damn cool.

  4. Google Maps Updated again today from 3.0.0 to 3.0.1. I am curious what prompted this so soon.

  5. works great, but wish vzw would unlock the gps chip for google maps or wish that google would bring back the bluetooth gps feature.

    • neng, Google Maps actually can work with a Bluetooth GPS. It’s just that for some reason, you have to open up BB Maps and get a lock first but after that, it does work.

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