Twitter Places: Huge implications for the geo-location

Twitter Places didn’t get off to the best of starts but it’s now back and raring to go and could have huge implications for geo-location and the whole impetus surrounding location-sharing. The previous geo-location feature from Twitter never really took off due to it being overly-complicated. However now it has become far simpler and is easy to attach a location to your tweet as you go.

An interesting article over on Mashable by Jennifer Van Grove tells us that while presently Twitter Places is a web and mobile experience, soon developers will come on board by integrating Places into their services and applications. There have notably been teething problems but if they can be solved the vast span of Twitter users can make location-sharing mainstream and will promote other location sharing networks such as Foursquare.

Because Twitter now seems a way of life for millions of people its visibility means it will soon be commonplace to use geo-location. Instead of taking the place though of location-based networks such as Foursquare and Gowalla, Twitter Places will complement those services and be beneficial both ways.

Although not in place at the moment the potential is now for Twitter to use Promoted Places with highly-targeted advertising for specific locations. The possibilities for added revenue seem almost endless. For more on this go to mashable.com. Have you taken a look at Twitter places yet? If so what do you think of the service and do you think using geo-location will really take off now? We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.