Verizon Wireless has just announced its plan to introduce the “Loopt social mapping service.” The opt-in location-based service allows subscribers to share their whereabouts and activities with friends via interactive maps.
As if this lo-jack for your buddies isn’t enough, users may also share location updates, geo-tagged photos and comments with friends in their mobile address book or on online social networks, communities and blogs.
In case privacy or security issues enter your mind, the Loopt service provides controls allowing subscribers to share their location data only with known friends on private networks. They may also disable location sharing at any time, “either on a friend-by-friend basis or in one fell swoop.”
Loopt – which will certainly be cloned and improved upon by competing carriers in no time at all – is now available on select Verizon handsets for $3.99 per month.