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November 8, 2010

Twitter Gets Serious About Location Based Services, Businesses Can Claim Locations

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Twitter Business Claim and Check-In Screen

In a move that places Twitter in direct competition with other location based services including Foursquare and Gowalla, the social networking company has announced the option for businesses to claim their locations.

The new feature, which shows up in the users venue feed can be seen in the screen capture on this page (located above). The image shows that a recent Tweet by a Twitter employee checked them in at Twitter Headquarters.

Twitter, a micro-blogging service, is perfect for the feature since many users already check-in using other services such as Foursquare and then update their location based information through the Twitter interface.

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