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Twitter 360 iPhone App: Geo-Tag Your Tweets Now!

11/30/2009 11:05:00 PM - 1 comments
Innovative and path-breaking iPhone apps have been keeping us amused and sometimes awestruck from time to time. One such application that has recently hit the iTune App Store is Twitter 360. It is a new application specifically developed for the iPhone 3GS. It enables you to visualize and locate your Twitter friends in your neighborhood. And this is possible with the help of a unique Augmented Reality functionality using the iPhone camera.

One of the most striking features of this Twitter 360 iPhone app is that this is one of the first iPhone apps to use the new Twitter's Geotagging feature. This helps geotag your tweets; however, the Twitter 360 app does not intend to be a fully Twitter client, but to offer iPhone and Twitter users a completely new Twitter experience. This iPhone app is wholly compatible with Google Map. You can locate your nearest Twitter friends from your position on Google Map within the application.

Twitter 360 App Features:

- Interpret your tweets with GPS location information via the iPhone’s Augmented Reality functionality showing your followers the location from where your last tweet was posted.

- Geotagging is disabled by default for all users. That is, it will require you to turn it on by going to Twitter.com "settings" section in order to use it in Twitter 360 app.

- ‘Latest Tweets’ mode. Here you can see the latest tweets of your friends (when positioning the iPhone horizontally), and the location from where the tweets were posted (when the iPhone is positioned vertically) using the Augmented Reality functionality.

- Moreover, whenever a tweet is selected, you can see a blue arrow (compass) that is displayed to show the direction and the distance to the location from where the tweet was posted. Interestingly, the distance is updated in real time as you walk in the streets.

- Also, Touch the Star feature to add your best Twitter friends in your favorites.

- ‘Locate my Friends’ mode. Here you can create the list of all your best friends; and Twitter 360 app allows you to track geographic movements of your friends, i.e. you can now locate your nearby friends via Augmented Reality. This proves to be a great tool if you wish to hang out with a certain friend.

- However, unlike the ‘Latest Tweets’ mode, which is more focused on the tweets; in the ‘Locate my Friends’ mode, the location of your friends can be calculated with the ‘location’ field data on the Twitter account. So, whenever you select a friend, a blue arrow is displayed to illustrate the direction and the distance to the location of that friend. While the selected friend is highlighted in screen in blue, the distance is updated in real time as you walk in the streets.

- Another interesting feature is, when you launch Twitter 360 app, you can see a small bird help localize your precise position and update the ‘location’ data on your Twitter account with the coordinates (if you wish to).

- You can also switch off the geo-localization option in the setting to be in ‘invisible’ mode. So, your friends will not be able to locate you are anymore and your tweets won't be geotagged too.

The Twitter 360 app does not work on other iPhone / iPod Touch models at the moment, and the Augmented Reality functionality is only available to iPhone 3GS users. Released just today, Twitter 360 app is available on the App Store for $2.99 and provides you with an augmented reality view of nearby tweets. If you have used this application please do share your experiences with us.

Posted: Seuli.B