Google Latitude is a location-aware mobile application that was the successor of Dodgeball, a company that Google acquired in May 2005. Google Latitude allowed mobile phone users to allow certain users to view their current location, similar to how Foursquare works today. Dennis Crowley was the co-founder of Dodgeball and Foursquare. Google announced today that Google Latitude will be shut down on August 9th.
On that day, users will no longer be able to share their location. Their friends list will also be deleted. Third party applications that have Latitude integrated will notice that the feature will no longer work.
“Products being retired include Google Latitude in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget, and the Latitude website at maps.google.com/latitude,” said Google.