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How To Enable Location Updates in Twitter

twitter-locationThe recent integration of location sharing by Twitter.com could become the beginning of a battle between privacy campaigners and social-networking site operators particularly as the New York Times reported, last week, that Facebook is considering the introduction of a similar geo-location service next month. However, Twitter appears to have anticipated and addressed some of the potential privacy issues by its own admission that not everyone would want to ”add their current location to a tweet” therefore the new location feature is turned off by default. In order to enable the location status tool, which is initially available to US users only, users will have to take the following steps;

  1. From the Account Settings Page: tick check-box – Add location information to my tweets and save settings. Once the new setting has been saved, Twitter will be able to display your location information (such as neighbourhood, town or exact location) with your tweets. Note that the setting can also be disabled, to remove your location history and stored coordinates, in the same way from the account settings page.
  2. The next step involves how to tweet your location on a per-tweet basis. To do this, simply click on the cross-hair icon that will now appear below your update box. This will prompt your Web browser to ask whether to “Remember location for this site”. Say Yes and tick the check-box to Remember for this site and then click on “Share location” to store the option. Once completed, your location can now be shared with everyone on a per-tweet basis.

Finally, Twitter does not guarantee those users, who, choose to delete or remove all location data from their tweets, after enabling the location service, that copies of information stored, on 3rd-party applications will be removed.

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Do you support the use of location-sharing services by social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter?

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  3. ajay

    March 18, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    thank you get the corrected my location also just put canada at the time of registration and now i corrected thank you.

  4. JayJay

    May 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    hehe nice post.

  5. Mike

    June 17, 2010 at 4:20 am

    I just got back from Italy and I wish I read this before I left. Great post and I will apply this the next time I travel

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    June 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I have enable my location as well, thanks for sharing it…

  7. Shirley Chisem

    June 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks for taking the time on this, I was searching all over for something similar, but this has proven to be just as helpful.

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  9. Erwin P

    November 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    From the standpoint of personal security I think constantly updating your location is simply a bad idea.

    • Admin

      February 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Obviously, it depends on the individual. So far, reaction has been mixed and perhaps unsurprisingly quite a lot of people seem to welcome the idea.

  10. Marc Rasmussen

    August 10, 2011 at 7:18 am

    In my point of view, i think this is a good functionality created by twitter. This is really useful especially for travelers out there. It’s true that it may cause problems due to personal security but hey it’s just me. Cheers!

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