In my post, "New Firefox Brings Location to the Browser," I asked the following question around the new browser’s location-awareness capability: "So the race is on – which will be the first site to implement this feature? Any bets?"
Well today, we have a winner. That was fast.
The blue circle has come to your desktop with Google Maps. If you’ve use the Maps app on your iPhone, you’ll know what I’m talking about. From Google’s Lat Long Blog: "When you visit Google Maps with a supported Web browser, you’ll see a new ‘My Location’ button in the top left corner of the map. Simply click the button to center the map to your approximate location.
"If your location can be determined accurately enough, it’s shown with a blue circle, just like on Google Maps for Mobile. Click the button again to remove the blue circle, or to recenter the map after you’ve moved it away."
Combine this feature with the new embedded real estate searches in Google Maps (see "Google Gets Serious about Real Estate Search" and "Google Maps improves listings search") and you’re starting to see the foundation of a really slick application.
Something that might live in the new Google Chrome OS, perhaps?
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