Like most Internet applications, Twitter connects you with people who seem to exist in a vast, abstract, cyberspace. Now, a new iPhone app from the French company Presselite uses augmented reality to show you exactly where your friends are tweeting from.
The app takes advantage of Twitters new geotagging feature that lets tweeters identify their address. The app then displays either an avatar of the tweeter, or an arrow pointing to them, and indicates how far away they are.
Whether your hunting down a friend who just tweeted about a hot party, or trying to find a business that just tweeted about a sale, this app melds the abstract, diffuse world of Twitter with the concrete, un-augmented reality we still spend most of our time in. Check out the video below for a more thorough explanation, and a pretty cool demonstration.
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