Twitter Introduces Location Tagging
Twitter members will soon be able to tag specific locations in their tweets, as the social network announced a new partnership with Foursquare.
Users can add a general location to their tweets, such as “SoMa, San Francisco,” via the social network’s website, Android and iOS apps. Plus, in select locations, users can also use the Twitter mobile apps to label tweets with the name of a specific business, landmark or other point of interest. These locations are provided by Foursquare.
To add location to tweets on the Web, users need to click “Add Location” next to the location marker in the compose box. Once this step is completed the user’s current location will be displayed. To change the location, users can click the location marker again to view a dropdown menu with other options. In addition, users can search for a location by using the search field at the top of the location menu. It is important to note, however, that once location settings are turned on, every tweet will automatically include the user’s location information.
Adding location information to tweets is similar within the Twitter apps. That said, users who have never composed a Tweet with location information may be prompted to “Enable location” within Twitter’s mobile apps. Moreover, mobile app users will be able to add specific locations by tapping the location marker in the tweet box to open a list of places they can tag.
It will be interesting to see how this partnership will impact Twitter in the future, as location-tagged tweets could be useful for businesses who advertise on the social network.