This week, Twitter announced the launch of a new Twitter Places feature that allows users to tweet their exact location. With this feature, users have the ability to tag their tweets and add new locations. Users can also view public tweets from nearby and a list of local points of interest.
Twitter worked closely with the location-based applications Foursquare and Gowalla in creating this feature so that users can integrate Twitter Places tweets with tweets from these applications. An API has also been released so that developers can interact with Twitter Places in other third-party applications.
Twitter Places will be available in 65 countries by the end of this week.
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the launch, and many people are concerned Twitter Places intrudes on the territory of other location-based applications. It will be interesting to see if people replace Foursquare and Gowalla with Twitter Places or use them interchangeably.