The Cure for Loneliness Via Online Mapping

by Dan Blank on December 16, 2007

As more location features become available for our mobile devices, there is excitement and a shift in how we connect with others. Google’s My Location tracks where you are, and gives you the following data instantly:

  • Real-time traffic — See where the congestion is, and estimate delays in over 30 major US metropolitan areas.
  • Detailed directions — Whether you plan to walk or drive, your route is displayed on the map itself, together with step-by-step directions.
  • Integrated search results — Local business locations and contact information appear all in one place, integrated on your map.
  • Easily movable maps — Interactive maps let you zoom in or out, and move in all directions so you can orient yourself visually.

And new services like Whereboutz blends services like Twitter to let your friends know where you are.

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