Twitter will be adding geo-location meta…

Twitter will be adding geo-location meta-data to each tweet in the near future. This is good news even though it will be opt-in and only available through the API for now. The thinking must be that adding it to the website has little value as most location information will come in through mobile Twitter clients using the API. Desktop browsers are still largely ignorant of their location even with SkyHook and co. I’d be interested to see how Twitter accounts like @cnnbrk (CNN Breaking News, 2.6 million followers) use this. Will they pass through the location of each story to the tweet? I hope so. Opting out on a per-Tweet basis will be important though tricky to deal with in UI terms. This feature though will enrich the Twitter data-stream and open doors to further data-mining. It also shows that Twitter is open to adding further meta-data to Tweets. §

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