The Googlers Taking Google Latitude Online Speak Up

Jul 12, 2013 • 8:08 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps

Google LatitudeI've probably talked enough about Google Latitude shutting down, especially since I rarely used it. But the truth is, it seems like location services in Google+ is going to be a really big thing.

Joe LaPenna, one of the Googlers who worked on Latitude for the past few years, plus one of the Googlers responsible for taking Latitude offline in the upcoming months, posted his thoughts on the topic on Google+.

The highlights include:

  • Google+ will be getting location sharing in a big way.
  • Latitude code is not being used, they are writing new code from scratch
  • The new code will be built with the mindset of not just building it into Google Maps "world where social is a layer across all of the Google experience."
  • Google+ app will have latitude like features by the time latitude goes offline
  • You need to friend people on Google+ for this feature, so all your old Latitude friends have to be reset

Here is a snippet from Joe's post, but you should read the whole thing.

+Andrew Oplinger and I are going to be the engineers taking Latitude offline in a month's time. Its been incredibly rewarding for us to work on it. We love this product and we've tried our best to understand what it would mean for Latitude to go away and what we'd need to do to keep building on our vision. We know that with this change we'll be able to make people's lives even better and that's all we want to do. I've been doing this for a large part of my life and I'm going to continue doing it.

Forum discussion at Google+.

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07/12/2013 01:50 pm

Ugh, just more Google+ hype. I wonder how painful it is for the guys who worked on a used and loved service to now know that they will be working on an unused service on an unused social platform. "world where social is a layer across all of the Google experience." "Google+ app will have latitude like features by the time latitude goes offline" "You need to friend people on Google+ for this feature, so all your old Latitude friends have to be reset" Puke. Nobody wants to use your social network, Google. Stop shooting yourself in the foot chasing Facebook. Does Paige spin the importance and progress of Google+ to the shareholders or something? Why hasn't anyone told him to cut it out already.


07/12/2013 02:34 pm

Why didn't they do this with Reader, it seems like the perfect product to integrate into Google +? It would have definitely increased my usage, but now I'm back on AOL (for their reader). Isn't it strange that the internet ended up where it began?


07/13/2013 03:20 pm

I love the fact that still at 2 years some people still feel the need to post that they don't like G+. Its like they just want to illustrate their personal angst about the fact that G+ is still around. For whatever reason some folks are so emotionally against the idea of G+ succeeding that they can't seem to cope with the fact that others do use and enjoy the service. 50+ celebrities with over a million followers each...that's millions and millions of people using it just like Twitter Numerous special interest communities with 100,000+ members. Millions of public posts and photos easily found by doing a generic search in G+....and that's just what is shared publicly. These are all numbers that are easily verified by anyone willing to actually take the time to find out for themselves instead of offering "knee jerk" reactions to G+. But I guess some people are just more intent to express their angst about G+ than in dealing with reality.


07/14/2013 06:47 am

take out SEO community from G+ and all the people using it for SEO purposes only and that's 50% less users.

Asif PaLash

12/01/2013 06:17 pm

does location service in G+ increased users? nop. G will never be like FB, even if they follow exactly. every product has its own path of glory. google just ruined their popularity by shutting down latitude poorly. very unwise decision. sorry to say. when i heard that they are using latitude to get people in G+, i just stopped used G+ forever. fvck it.

Nicholas D. Wolfwood

02/15/2014 03:27 am

What Andrew Oplinger just admitted without noticing it is that he has wasted "a large part of his life". I try to use diverse platforms for web functions that are separate, owned by different entities. There is enough data mining going on as it is. NSA?

Nicholas D. Wolfwood

02/15/2014 03:39 am

Celebs with big accounts are an indicator of jack. They have people that do nothing but manage PR and social media. G+ can die a fiery death in hell and few would care. Many would feel relieved.

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