I have tried Google Latitude and I am currently trying FourSquare. and, doubtless, when the Facebook option is available in Ireland I will also try it. But what are the practical applications for this technology, for me?
As with all of these technologies they depend on reaching a level of penetration in the general community (more specifically in your won community) to make them useful.
Seemed to me the following had potential: family at various events over the weekend – if we share our location can assist in tracking people down, organising lifts to/from matches, etc. Indeed if used by all coaches of all teams within the various sports clubs then may help in terms of getting players and coaches to right venues.
This will not work for me at this stage. My experience, to date, is that the large majority of my firends do nto want to share location information – down to basic privacy and personal preferences. In fact, a significant minorityu do not want to have anything to so with social networks.
I think some form of integration between my diary and my location software would be useful – and may encourage greater use.
For now I will continue to test the various products. Perhaps it’s a generational thing, perhaps it’s a cultural thing, perhaps it’s a question of adoption, perhaps it’s a question of privacy.
Today’s Irish Times has a good piece on this subject.