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Twitter rolls out geolocation, and Facebook location sharing is coming

Twitter and Facebook both moved forward with their new location-based features today, with Twitter switching on geolocation features on, and Facebook announcing it will allow users to share their locations.

We already knew that Twitter's move was coming, because Twitter's location services have been part of the API and available in third-party apps for some time now. TechCrunch is reporting that geolocation was only on for temporarily, but that it should come back within the week, in time for SXSW. They've also got screenshots, in case you're a "believe-it-when-I-see-it" type.

Facebook's move is a bigger surprise. The New York Times broke the story, citing this new line in Facebook's privacy policy: "When you share your location with others or add a location to something you post, we treat that like any other content you post." Facebook hasn't commented, but the NYT's sources say its location plans include both the website and developer APIs for Facebook apps.

All of this points to the idea that location-centric apps like Google Buzz and Foursquare aren't just a passing phase. Get used to location in social networks, because it looks like it's about to arrive in a big way.

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