Twitter rolls out location tags for tweets

June 26 2016 10:23 AM

Twitter logo Microblogging platform Twitter is encouraging users to tweet more by rolling out a new location tag feature that indicates where tweets are coming from.

The feature is a partnership of sorts with Foursquare, which gets prominent branding, links back, and the ability to improve its own database, TechCrunch reported.

For now, the feature is initially available for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches via iOS but will eventually include other platforms.

“Location feeds linked to from these tags could inspire people to tweet more while out and about, fuel Moments about particular places, and improve Twitter’s ad targeting data. Better location functionality could be an important building block for Twitter’s future products and revenue potential,” TechCrunch said.

With the update, location tags now appear in the main Timeline and on profiles.

Although Twitter had a “basic” version of location feeds before, TechCrunch said there was no way at the time to tell a tweet was tagged with a location unless you opened its detail view.

“We’re excited about this integration, which has been getting deeper over time. Location can provide important context for any moment, and our location intelligence is best-in-class. We’re proud to support Twitter in the US, Canada, Brazil and many other geographies. Stay tuned for more to come,” Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck told TechCrunch.

Users can now tag specific locations that will be visible in the main Twitter Timeline. Clicking through location in the tweet detail will bring up a location feed with a map.

“There you’ll see a tab of tweets from that place or city, with the option to check tab dedicated to media such as photo from there,” TechCrunch said. MC

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