Saturday, March 7, 2009

Location in GMail Signature

GMail (including Google Apps) has a Labs feature that enables the addition of location to email signatures:

Enable Location in Signature

As with other location-based services from Google, it relies on IP address as well as Google Gears. When this Labs feature is enabled, it adds a new setting to the Signature settings (look under General settings):

Append location

Once this is done, whenever a new email is composed, a line is appended to the signature with the location.

Seems like Google’s going overboard with location-in-everything (including offerings like Google Latitude). Weren’t web-based email services supposed to offer location privacy (since originating IP in mail headers was restricted to the IP address of the email provider)?

3 comments:

Rainman said...

This Labs feature was launched a few weeks ago itself, wasn't it? Everything these days seems to be moving towards integration with Location Based Services - third party Twitter apps, Facebook (rumored?), etc. It looks like its only a matter of time before location features become mainstream with e-mail as well ( I have disabled this Labs feature for now ;-)).

Anonymous said...

What, you're not sharing your location?! I'm shocked! ;-)

Anonymous said...

... and yes, it came a few weeks ago. I'm behind the times.