Google Latitude goes gamification?
Is Google Latitude about to add gamification and, as usual, giving it a go without talking about it?
It’s like with Apple. Loose a phone, gain tons of attention in social media and blogs. I’m not saying it’s wrong – it’s just a bit hard for us early adopters that want to give it a go and give it a go yesterday. Engadget wrote yesterday about Google Latitude and this makes me both happy and angry at the same time.
Google Latitude with the leaderboard, image from Engadget.com
Why am I both happy and angry when I read this? First off, I’m a big fan of Foursquare. I’m checking in, exploring and have my friends there. But I’ve migrated almost everything I can to Google. Documents, e-mail, my calendars, photos etc. And I love the fact that I have it all in one account. If Google decides to enter the game of location based services, I will probably soon migrate to this as well. Because I can’t use multiple services. That’s taking all the fun out of it. I don’t want to check in using Path and connect it to Foursquare and then open Facebook and Google+ to check in there as well. Today I’m fine with Foursquare. But Google usually wins me over. And this makes me angry. Because I’m happy with what I’ve got.
What are your thoughts about this?