Google's FAQs On Latitude Shutdown & User Complaints

Jul 11, 2013 • 8:29 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps
 

Google LatitudeAs we mentioned yesterday, Google is shutting down latitude - a product I personally didn't use outside of just experimenting with it, but apparently has a loyal user base.

Google's Maps Community Manager, Abby, posted a thread in the Google Maps Help forum answering some questions about the closure of Latitude. She wrote:

Today we’re announcing that Google Latitude is no longer part of the Google Maps app, and we're retiring Latitude on August 9th, 2013. Products being retired include Google Latitude in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget, and the Latitude website at maps.google.com/latitude.

This means that after August 9th, your friends list will be deleted and you’ll lose the ability to share your location with your Latitude friends. There will also be some changes to Location Reporting and Location History, including changes to third-party applications that use Google Latitude. Please see the Help Center for more information.

We understand some of you still want to see your friends and family on a map, which is why we've added location sharing and check-ins to Google+ for Android (coming soon to iOS).

There is a large help document on latitudes closure with more answers.

I am honestly surprised by the number of complaints. I've counted dozens of complaint threads, here are some that I am linking to.

It seems like most Latitude users aren't going to be happy with the Google+ Checkin alternative.

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.

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Comments:

Andy Kinsey

07/11/2013 12:47 pm

Any word on if the auto-tracking feature will stay within google+ privately or just the checkins? i find autotrack really handy

Alan

07/11/2013 12:48 pm

Another one for the Google graveyard! A client called me today distressed about this closure. Like you Barry, I never really used it. This client is so annoyed he is going to shutdown all his Google accounts over it. Over a thing I have barely heard of. Amazing what people find useful

ethalon

07/11/2013 01:12 pm

I never used this but I wish Google would get rid of whoever is cannibalizing products into Google+. Nobody wants to use your crappy social network Google, stop getting rid of things people like and giving them the wonderful alternative of...signing up for a G+ account they probably don't even want... ...even though they probably have one made for them automatically so Google+ can boost its user numbers (even though the vast majority of those 'users' want nothing to do with G+). My sister and father both had accounts they had no idea were created for them. And joy of joys, Google tries to force or trick you into using your real name so they can...say it with me now...market your information for more money. People seem relatively fine with having their information used for marketing purposes...but attempting to force non-anonymity down everyone's throat is obnoxious, and creating accounts for them that they didn't want just to use other products is more obnoxious. Your drunk Larry Paige, go home.

Jerry Nordstrom

07/11/2013 03:21 pm

All APP roads lead to Google+.

TechGuy

07/11/2013 03:33 pm

Who has ever found a map without any idea of distance or scale any use?

pio dal cin

07/11/2013 09:47 pm

everytime a Google product is cancelled there are lotsa complains. C'mon, this is the Web 2.0 things are supposed to be changing and developing at light speed. Do not fall in love with Google products, they are just like a beautiful girl you might meet and get lucky with. Now she is here, tomorrow she'll be gone to leave space for a more beautiful one..

soman

07/12/2013 06:49 am

I often used to heard, there kind of things in terms of google. Google Acquire a service Google Shot down a service Google's matt latest video tutorial for webmaster Funny thing is Why still people believe or tend to use this creepy services. I am also a Stupid. :(

Traci

07/19/2013 04:51 pm

I hate hangouts and google + and facebook etc, I liked talk and latitude because it wasn't in my face with endless messages or adding people from my contact list (most of whom I'd rather talk to on my phone than write a conversation to) or spamming a wall with stupid diatribes or useless statuses like "on the toilet"...

Traci

07/19/2013 04:56 pm

to clarify, I like Latitude because I can see where my husband is (he is a mobile engineer that does a lot of driving) and know when he's going to be home without having to ring him and distract him when on the road.

ZinniADX

07/20/2013 08:00 am

Take it in a positive way, because its a trend in Google to kill the old when they unwrap a fresh new product and there are some reasons behind it, toget the more updates on Google's Latest Shut Down Visit; http://outfresh.com/tech-trends/googles-latest-shutdown-latitude/

Roger

08/09/2013 08:53 pm

Stupid.

Dino

08/14/2013 06:33 am

Dont you people in Google have anything else to do?.

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