Twitter is developing a new application programming interface (API) which will allow users to display their latitude and longitude.
The API, to be released shortly, can be controlled by the user and switched on when he or she is happy for their precise location to be known to other users.
"We are gearing up to launch a new feature which makes Twitter truly location-aware. Folks will need to activate this new feature by choice because it will be off by default, and the exact location data won't be stored for an extended period of time," said the company.
"However, if people do opt-in to sharing location on a tweet-by-tweet basis, compelling context will be added to each burst of information."
Twitter envisages the API being used to search for users in specific areas. For example, if there is an earthquake users could search for people in the area for news.
The company will release the API to developers before it goes live so that applications will be available at its consumer launch.
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