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GMail: Location, Location …

by Sachin Balagopalan on February 11, 2009 · 2 comments

Google has been on the “location” band wagon lately. They recently announced their location sharing service called Latitude and now today they’re at it again. The GMail folks are releasing a new feature that lets the user opt-in to automatically append the current location to their signature (see my test image). Not sure how much of a value this adds but in any case it’s a cool feature. I suppose if you’re a person who moves from location to location or travels a lot it could come in handy so you don’t have to explain to people where you are. It can also be used as an authentication seal if for whatever reason location is of importance in the message. Other than that I don’t see that much of use for it. It might also help if you need to search your archives for messages from a certain location.

Here is how it actually works …

It’ll use your public IP address to determine your location, so it may not always be that accurate. For example, if you’re at Heathrow airport, IP detection may put you in Germany. If you want more accurate location detection, make sure your browser has a version of Gears that supports the location module. That way, Gears can make use of wi-fi access point signals to recognize that you’re actually in London.

No GPS or anything fancy like that just your IP address or your WiFi access point signal. Nothing much to write home about but could be useful to some.


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MGMCasinoDetroit 02.13.09 at 5:35 am

Nice to have that information, but how accurate it is?

Spotlight29Casino 02.25.09 at 12:46 pm

I dont like it…

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