Whether youâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢re drunk and lost at a street festival or you have a sneaking suspicion your daughterâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s sleep-over party is a ruse to stage a midnight liaison, you’re in luck.
Google Latitude is a new beta tool that extends the sweet Maps app, allowing friends, family and crazy ex-lovers to see where each other is hanging out. Just synch up your mobile device, invite friends to follow you, and youâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ll no longer have to leave a trail of breadcrumbs through the city.
Warning: If youâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢re a 22-year-old programmer working for mapping/travel start-ups BrightKite or Dopplr, you might as well submit your barista application to StarbuckâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s. Because Google will win. ItâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s over.
Latitude is currently compatible with BlackBerry phones and other smart phones, and will soon be available for iPhone models. You can hook up via Latitude in 27 countries. And if you’re home, see where people are having more fun than you via iGoogle.
So donâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t bother leaving a Post-it note telling your BFF youâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ll be heading to happy hour at the townie bar. SheâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ll see your map icon propped above the CrowâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s Nest Saloon on her phone. And youâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ll have good times together.