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Navigating the Social Terrain With Google Latitude

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Although researchers have been building location-based social services for some time now, sharing one's location has only recently been introduced to the more general population. This paper examines real-world adoption of and resistance to Google Latitude, a social mobile-device application for people to share their locations. The authors report findings from an analysis of semistructured interviews with 21 participants using grounded theory. The research reveals how interviewees perceive the social affordances of location-sharing applications to be conceptually intertwined with the conventions of other social networking and communication technologies; the findings emphasize that many participants felt pressured to not only adopt social applications such as location-sharing, but also to be responsive and accessible at all times.

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