Twitter plans to launch a location-based feature that reveals the latitude and longitude from which an individual is tweeting, co-founder Biz Stone revealed in a blog post today, signaling that the micromessaging site wants to hop onto the hot location-based services trend (a topic that will be featured at our upcoming Mobilize 09 conference) under way. Twitter users are currently able to read tweets from people they’re following on the site, but the new, opt-in LBS feature will enable the reading of tweets based on location. It will allow Twitter users a way to connect on a local level, offering up an additional layer of desperately needed context.
Twitter will release the LBS API to developers before integrating it on either Twitter.com or the company’s mobile web site. It will compete with Google (s goog) Latitude, a mobile- and web-based app that displays the locations of a user’s friends at any given time, as well as Loopt, Four Square and a host of other LBS mobile apps. In the meantime, the upcoming LBS feature announcement probably isn’t sitting well with the developers of Twitter-based mobile applications who pioneered essentially the same offering months before, including Twinkle, UberTwitter and Tweetmondo.