Google Latitude wins check-ins ranking

Although there was no announcement about it, the latest version of Google Maps for Android brings a ranking of check-ins, something that can foster a closer competition with Fourquare.

“Now when you earn points for checking in at different locations, you can see how many points you have compared to your friends using the ranking,” explains Google in its Support Center.

After check-in – which discloses the location to circles on Google+ – the user earns points and is taken to the rankings page, which classifies the user and his friends in the social project. The person with the most points wins a crown above their number in the ranking.

For now, Latitude does not choose someone as mayor, like Foursquare. To play with the newness of Google, just check in via Google Maps or click on the “Places” app that takes you directly to the location sharing screen.