Without diving into the technical side of things (which I would bungle anyway), what’s becoming clear is that everything will be geo-tagged or otherwise capable of being tied to place in one way or another: products, services, businesses, comments/reviews and, of course, people.
So will ads and offers . . .
Yahoo was an early pioneer with Fire Eagle (followed by Google with Gears with geolocation) but others have moved in including the company Twitter just bought MixerLabs. There’s SimpleGeo and others (maybe Facebook) that will provide location or geocoding to content.
The geotagging of all this content and the ability to associate people on mobile devices with places, other people and content will be radical in terms of how we use and consume Internet content and (potentially) interact with others. Most of this will, not surprisingly, play out in a mobile context.
It really feels to me — beyond the fact that everything is accelerating — that we’re entering a new period of Internet development and evolution, coinciding with the cloud and the rise of smartphones (maybe connected tablets too).
As Google’s Vic Gundotra said the other day, “We’re at the beginning of the beginning” of a new era of computing.
It’s really pretty clear that mobile devices, ubiquitous connectivity (which is coming) and data in the cloud are going to make computing and mobile Internet-based computing look very different in a few years than they do today. And location will be a big part of everything — finally.