Twitter’s Geolocation API is Live. You can find tweets and twitters by location.

Twitter’s Geolocation API is Live. You can find tweets and twitters by location.

istock_map-pin-smallTwitter has just announced the public availability of their Geotagging API.

Some of Twitter’s most popular applications officially support the feature, including Birdfeed, Seesmic Web, Foursquare, Gowalla, Twidroid and Twittelator Pro.

The feature is only available via the API and therefore you won’t be able to detect location of tweets via

According to twitter “The added information provides valuable context when reading your friends tweets and allows you to better focus in on local conversations.”

There’s no quetion the feature takes Twitter into an entirely new chapter of its famed but young life. With geolocation, you’ll be able to find social recommendations from real people who have proof they’ve been at those specific locations. You’ll be able to find friends nearby and of course, be fed with relevant localized news. On the hand, if you’re anything like our own Martin Bryant, you may think this is one giant mistake.

It’s important to note geotagging is disabled by default for all users which means you will need to opt-in in order to use it. To activate the new geotagging functionality, go to your Settings page and click “Enable Geotagging”.

Looking forward to seeing this enabled on other Twitter apps, more specifically likes of Tweetie and Tweetdeck.

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