Embracing stalking with Latitude's public feed

Well, I’m not really embracing stalking, but as a user of Google Maps on my mobile, I’ve been pretty intrigued by the concept of Latitude. One of my biggest frustrations when it first came out was they the only way to use it – through iGoogle – was pretty poor.

In addition, while restricting the list to your friends list via Google Talk made sense if all your friends are GTalkers, most of my friends aren’t (I certainly don’t use it much).

Now, however, Google has announced that they are supporting the display of your location through Google Latitude to the public. You can choose how much detail to display (ie, not enough detail for someone to really stalk you, since this info is available to every anonymous freak who visits this blog, all 4 of you), and if you are that way inclined, you can use more programmy ways like a JSON feed to get this information out in ways that you can do something with it (I’m thinking of all the startup camp mashup ideas now…)

I’ve embedded my status on the right. What do you think? Is this going too far, or a really useful tool that’s just scratching the surface of what the social web, combined with geography, can do for us to make our lives more enriched?

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