Category: Social Networking
Minimum Requirements: iPhone OS 2.0
Compatibility: iPhone and iPod touch (2nd generation)
File Size: 1.9 MB
Version Reviewed: 1.5
At what point did Twitter stop being a web application and become a platform? There’s a whole industry being built around adding things to Twitter: pictures, video, links, and even maps.
GeoTweeter is a Twitter client that allows you to post tweets with a map link embedded. The map can be of your current location (using the iPhone/iPod touch wireless tools), or you can create one using the address or longitude/latitude coordinates. Think of it as your own personal Zagat guide: you can automatically post a link to the places you visit, along with a star rating, picture, and contact information. I can see this being extremely useful for impromptu gatherings or just to keep a record of the places you like to hang out.
Create a location and enter its info, and GeoTweeter (GT) will prepare a tweet for you with the map link (using Google maps via Schmap’s interface), your rating, and the name of the place. You can delete any of this (except for the map link) and change the default tweet verbage. GT even lets you know how many characters the map link uses so you won’t go over the 140 character limit. Once it’s posted, anyone who reads your feed can click on the link to get your mini review, as well as get directions.
GT isn’t set up to read your friend’s tweets, just to post locations to your feed for everyone else to read. As a marriage between Twitter and Google Maps, GeoTweeter is one of those apps that does one useful thing, and does it very, very well.