Palringo has announced Palringo Instant Messenger 1.2.4, an update to its app for the iPhone and iPod touch, which now allows users to see how far away their contacts are from them. The change can be found under the contact list section of the app, and makes it possible for users to see both the town and distance of users. The company notes that in a subsequent update, it will enable users to see the location of any Palringo contact on a map extending up to a six-mile radius.
Users will additionally be able to decide whether or not to keep their location secret, or pick manual versus automatic location identification. Palringo is designed for use on cellphones, but also has a version available for the Mac. The app integrates with instant messaging services such as Google Talk and Yahoo, and can be downloaded for free from the App Store.