Next Generation of Social Networking: LOCATION


I just started using Foursquare from last couple of days.  I get to know about it couple of months back but ironically they don’t have an official app for Windows Phone uptill now but now Touchality have a Foursquare app in its beta, you can download HERE.  I know there is no such big use of it here in Pakistan for now but it will be the NEXT BIG THING here as well as it is becoming in the US.  So, i have joined the league of few from here Karachi to CheckIn into places that i visit often only as much as i can do conveniently.   Who know’s what will be the next step of this new craze … em excited 🙂

Following are few of my observations and tips  related to the Location Based Social Networking thingy based on what i have gathered uptill now.

My feelings about location-based social networks like Foursquare, Gowalla, BrightKite and the like have been mixed. I’ve avoided them to date because of that knee-jerk “it’s too creepy” reaction that one gets when thinking of letting others — especially strangers know one’s exact location.  Imagine your BOSS in that place 😀

But this could be a revolutionary turn in the network based businesses and marketing.  How this sound to have tips and suggestions about places from the people already been there.  Can be your friends on neighbors or strangers, cool na?

Here’ s my take on the benefits of location-based social networks like Foursquare from a work standpoint:

  1. Connecting. With business travel, particularly to conferences, I find that I often don’t even know some of my friends and colleagues are in the vicinity. Foursquare notices that appear from friends on the network allow serendipitous discovery and can lead to impromptu meet-ups that can prove fruitful for work.
  2. Socializing. A few years ago, Twitter took by storm, with attendees utilizing the microblogging system to track people down. I’m wondering if Foursquare will be this year’s Twitter at SXSW, or maybe it is already over in those more techie circles and everyone has moved on to the next app. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing when someone I know is at a nearby cafe or restaurant. I’m assuming it would then be socially acceptable to just show up and say “hi,” since they’ve publicly announced their location.
  3. Discovering. Gone are the days of being on a business trip and having to rely on the concierge for restaurant suggestions or the wait staff for meal recommendations. I’m already enjoying the Foursquare tips that show up for establishments nearby.
  4. Promoting. What is really interesting about an application like Foursquare is how local businesses can leverage it to attract more customers. The concept that Foursquare members can get discounts and perks from businesses by becoming “mayor” or frequenting a place often is genius.

Google is already jumping high in this form of social networking with services like Buzz and Latitude integrated with Google Maps.

Latitude itself is a great app.  keeps you up to date with your friends location but ironically they are not supporting the SMS feature here in Pakistan.  I hope that will come real soon and it will be much more fun after i

Bottom line: is that this is going to be the Next Big Thing and one has to adopt to it ;).  The domain is highly poised with loads of loads of potential to come up with a unique idea and become a mainstream company by forth night.  Look at the list attached with number of Location Based Social Networks already exists in the market.  nuff said, catch you on FourSquare.

Following is the list of available Location Based Social Networks:

Aka- Aki – Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-20 13:50:56 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.aka-aki.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “… aka-aki is about people you encounter in your life. as soon as another member is near you, aka-aki shows you common friends and interests on your mobile display. also from people in the neighbourhood, in the same city or your region. it’s like clicking on someone on the internet. but the difference here is that it’s in reality! with aka-aki you can forget about being bored while on the go. since from now on there’s always an interesting discovery just around the corner…”

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Belysio – Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:04:05 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.belysio.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “…belysio is a Poland based startup that has created an avant-garde social mapping service that changes the way people use mobile phones to stay in touch with their friends. belysio de-virtualizes social networking between friends and allows life encounter of people in the real world.

Using location-based technologies, belysio notifies you when your friends are coming into your proximity so that you never miss an opportunity to meet. belysio lets you send messages to nearby friends and updates the data in your address book automatically. With belysio you share latest activities of your life with your friends so that they can see what you’re up to...”


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Bliin- Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-03-19 00:29:07 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.bliin.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…bliin is a social networking provider enabling mobile and online location-aware content, community and commerce.

bliin participates in the European Space Agency’s Technology Transfer Programme
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Bluemapia – Web and Mobile Social Mapping for Boaters

Last modified on 2008-12-20 13:51:31 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.bluemapia.com/

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Boating Mobile Social Network – Geotagged content sharing


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Blummi – Location Based Social Networking with Twitter

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:04:39 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.blummi.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “… A recipe for a killer application: Take Twitter add a set of social network and location-based-service features plus a set of modern technologies like microformat, push, openid and oauth, mix web application together with native mobile application and you will get Blummi, the world’s first social network based on Twitter...”


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Brightkite – Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-24 15:14:23 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

URL: http://brightkite.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “… Brightkite is a location-based social network. In real time you can see where your friends are and what they’re up to. Depending on your privacy settings you can also meet others nearby.…”

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Buddy Beacon – Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-27 04:02:14 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://where.com/buddybeacon/

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Excerpt from the website : “… Looking to perk up your social life? Want to connect with friends while on the go? Then check out Buddy Beacon, the largest mobile friend-finding network.

A cool application that runs on mobile phones, Buddy Beacon allows friends to show each other exactly where they are and what they’re doing. It’s a fun and easy way to hook up when you’re out and about. You may never be bored again!

Buddy Beacon is available on many mobile phones, including iPhone, and allows you to connect with friends across different carriers. For the ultimate in friend-finding, you can even use Buddy Beacon with Facebook. There, you can manage everything related to Buddy Beacon – including your Buddy List and favorite places – from the comfort of your laptop.

And just so you know: Buddy Beacon is not a tracking application. Your location is updated only with your approval. … “

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Buddy Cloud- Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-26 15:39:37 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.buddycloud.com

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Excerpt from the website :“… Buddycloud is an application for your mobile phone that lets your friends know what you are doing and where you are.
Buddycloud is an application for your mobile phone that lets your friends know what you are doing and where you are.
Buddycloud is a mobile social location platform and open API.
Buddycloud adds context to the places you visit in the real world and makes it fun and easy to share these on sites like Twitter and Facebook.
As a Buddycloud user, you can bookmark and tag locations that mean something to you. For eample: Home, The Pub, Joe’s House and Favourite Coffee Shop.
As you move around, Buddycloud automatically places you back at previously saved bookmarks, and updates your Buddycloud friends, Facebook and Twitter. It also shows you other people and places nearby. Short status messages can also be pushed into twitter.
Buddycloud is also about knowing where you were in the past and future. A simple future location can also be set.
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BuddyMob- Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:06:39 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.buddymob.com/

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Excerpt from the website “…Live feeds from your friends – Find out where they are and what they are doing – Complete integration with IM and social networking sites – Available on Android enabled phones…”

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BuddyWay – Share your trips with friends

Last modified on 2008-12-26 16:58:09 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.buddyway.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “…
With our GPS cell phone tracking system you can:

  • Track & save your trips
  • Share them with friends
  • View your trips in 3D in Google Earth
  • Show friends your location…

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buzzd – Location Based City Guide and Social Network

Last modified on 2008-12-28 14:57:28 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://buzzd.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “… buzzd is a location-sensitive city guide and social network on the mobile device. buzzd answers the question, “What’s going on around me right now? ™” by allowing consumers to get up-to-the minute information on what’s happening at any venue right now, rate events and connect with friends and other people in the area.

buzzd partners with carriers and content providers such as Helio, Virgin Mobile, Alltel, metroPCS, AT&T, Flavorpill, Time Out, ZAGAT, Metromix, Citysearch and many more. The company is based in New York City and backed by Monitor Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Blackberry Partners Fund, and Qualcomm Ventures. The company was founded by Nihal Mehta and Deepen Shah from ipsh!, the first mobile marketing agency in the U.S. which was acquired by Omnicom Group in 2005. … “

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Carticipate – Location Based Social Transportation

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:07:04 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.carticipate.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “… Carticipate is an experiment in social transportation, the first and only rideshare application on a location aware mobile platform.

Save money on gas while helping the environment by ‘carticipating’ with friends, family, groups, or co-workers.

Coordinate driving plans by indicating where you are going, when, and post your ride. We will match you up to local carticipants going your way.

The new scheduler feature allows you to create and manage multiple trips where you define the “From” and “To” locations.

Carticipate comes with a list of pre-loaded default destinations which you can edit, delete, or add your own custom locations….”

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Centrl- Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-05-09 00:48:28 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://centrl.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “…Centrl helps you connect with your friends easily.
See where they are and communicate with them for free (no text messaging or SMS charges).
Share and discover events, favorite places and special money saving deals around you.
You can login to Centrl from your existing social-network, you do not need a new Centrl account.
Login to Centrl from Facebook, MySpace, Hi5, Ning, Orkut, Bebo or Friendster.
Centrl is also integrated with Twitter.

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Citysense- Location Based Social Network S.F.

Last modified on 2009-03-19 00:28:24 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.citysense.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…Citysense was built to show you where the action is, right now.
Using a billion points of GPS and WiFi positioning data from the last few years – plus real-time feeds – Citysense sees S.F. from above and puts the top live hotspots in your hand. You don’t even need to sign up, just go to citysense.com on your BlackBerry, download, and open.

How does Citysense work?
Citysense is an application that operates on the Sense Networks Macrosense platform, which analyzes massive amounts of aggregate, anonymous location data in real-time. Macrosense is already being used by business people for things like selecting store locations and understanding retail demand. But we asked ourselves: with all this real-time data, what else could we do for a city? Nightlife enhancement was the obvious answer. This release is just a test, and we’re interested in your feedback on how to make the application better. You’ll find a feedback button in Citysense….”

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ComeTogethr- Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-24 15:12:32 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.cometogethr.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “… cometogethr is a location-based social networking application that lets you join and create groups of people with mutual interests, view their location on the map, contact or meet them and share content.
No more constantly updating your buddy list, every new member of your groups is instantly displayed on the map both on mobile device and website.
The system consists of a GPS-enabled mobile phone or a mobile phone with an external Bluetooth GPS receiver, an installed cometogethr application, a website with a map client and backend servers…”

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Dodgeball – Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2009-01-24 21:59:10 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.dodgeball.com

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Excerpt from the website :

“…  What is it?  dodgeball.com is a new social networking site built specifically for mobile phones.

What does it do? Give me an example. The idea is simple: tell us where you are and we’ll tell you who and what is around you.We’ll ping your friends with your whereabouts, let you know when friends-of-friends are within 10 blocks, allow you to broadcast content to anyone within 10 blocks of you or blast messages to your groups of friends.For example, you’re having drinks at Ace Bar. Send a text message to 36343 (“dodge”) with the message “@Ace Bar” and we’ll send out a text message telling all your friends where you are AND send you back a message letting you know if any friends-of-friends are within 10 blocks. If you have a camera phone, we’ll even send you their picture.

How is this different from other social networking sites?
dodgeball is designed to help you meet up with friends and friends-of-friends while you’re out, not while you’re sitting in front of your computer. Try it out, next time you meet a friend for drinks… tell us where you are and we’ll let all your friends know of your whereabouts and alert you if…”

UPDATE: To be shut down

Excerpt from the website : “… Hey guys, as some of you have probably already read, Google has decided to shut down dodgeball. I know this is kind of a bummer, but the site has been in maintenance mode for a while now, and it’s just time to shut it down for good. …”

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Dopplr – Social Networking for frequent business travelers.

Last modified on 2009-01-03 16:20:51 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.dopplr.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “… Dopplr is an online service for frequent travelers. It lets you share your future travel plans with a group of trusted fellow travelers that you have chosen. It also reminds you of friends and colleagues who live in the cities you’re planning to visit. You can use the service with your personal computer and mobile phone…”

Note: FUTURE LBSN are based on your plans rather in your current location

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Duzine – location based social-networking components

Last modified on 2008-12-24 01:31:16 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.duzine.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “… Beacon enables users to track, map, and share locations using their mobile device. We offer a selection of location based social-networking components that can be customized for specific vertical markets. The entire suite is available for private labeling and integration with your application…”

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EagleTweet – Location Based Social Network app for Twitter

Last modified on 2009-05-09 00:47:35 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://eagletweet.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “..What is EagleTweet?
EagleTweet is a bridge between FireEagle and Twitter. Depending on your settings it will set your Twitter location or even twitters your location.
How does EagleTweet work?
Every couple of minutes we’ll check FireEagle and if you’ve moved since the last time we saw you, we’ll update your Twitter location field.
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Findbyclick – Location Based Social Network map sharing

Last modified on 2009-01-24 22:23:10 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.findbyclick.com

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Excerpt from the website : “… We want to build a community of people interested in sharing location-based information for the mutual benefit of all. For others, it is a way to share memorable places: a great place to eat, a hot vacation destination, or a special place to watch the sunset. FindbyClick is a place where you get to tell the story…. “

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findme – Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:09:36 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://electricpocket.com/findme/

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Excerpt from the website : “… Use your BlackBerry, S60 or Windows Mobile Smartphone to tag where you are and share it with your Facebook friends…

imageYou are in complete control of what your friends see – “At home”, “In the Office”, “Playing Soccer”, “Walking the dog”, etc. If you haven’t named a place your position will just show up as “Unknown” – and you can always “Go Dark” if you dont want to be seen.

If you want, you can add additional location information like zip or post code to a favourite place so FindMe can show your friends a map or directions to where you are. Great for organising impromptu parties or raves :) …”

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Flaik- Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-05-09 00:46:55 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.flaik.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “…flaik combines location-based services with social networking, real-time competitions and mobile applications in a revolutionary system that can pinpoint the location of individual skiers, deliver run by run and day by day statistics, and enable skiers to share their day with friends and families – as it happens.

On the 26th November, flaik launched at Steamboat Ski Resort and Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado, USA.

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Footprint History- Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-05-26 14:09:32 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.footprinthistory.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “… Footprint History is a great way to track, share locations and communicate with your friends.

Start using our free service by following these steps…

* Create an account – Either create an normal account and find your friends, or add the application to your facebook profile.
* Leave some footprints – Either by clicking on the map and setting your location or using live tracking software on your mobile device.
* Start sharing your Footprints – Only you and the friends you share with, will be able to see your Footprints and track you.
Footprint History is available through Facebook…

UPDATE: May 2009 – Looking for funding / for Sale

I notice a few weeks ago (April/2009) a header stating “For Sale”. I tried to contact the company to learn more about their application and offer my help. Haven’t heard from them. Since then the title changed to “Looking for funding” but since that includes a buying outright is the same. STILL OPERATIONAL and works very nice in Facebook.

FROM THEIR BLOG “… We’re looking for funding to take the application to the next level and will consider all offers on the table including buying outright.If you are interested in learning more please contact…”

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FourSquare – Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-05-09 00:46:32 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://playfoursquare.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “…Welcome to foursquare!

We’re all about helping you find new ways to explore the city.

We’ll help you meet up with your friends and let you earn points and unlock badges for discovering new places, doing new things and meeting new people
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Foyaje – Location Based Social Network app for iPhone

Last modified on 2009-05-09 00:48:35 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://i.foyage.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…Foyage is an iPhone app that lets you discover local information and share it with others. Let Foyage know your location and you can network with people who are in the same location, finding the best restaurant recommended by your friends, get the best deal around you and be informed when your loved ones are nearby. …”

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Fraced- Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-01-24 22:14:23 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.fraced.com

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Excerpt from the website : “… Fraced is a social network, which offers an easy way to stay simply connected with your friends. We don’t offer 100 various features, but instead we let the user stay focused on the main thing – communication with friends. Here is how… “

UPDATE: Development stopped due lack of funding

Excerpt from the website : “… We regret to inform we are not able to support and develop Fraced social network any further. Since we do not get any financial support, our personal contributions are not enough or too small to constantly deliver you a qualitative, reliable and entertaining service…”

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Friend Mapper – Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-10-23 18:44:29 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.amigomapper.com

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Excerpt from the website :
Friend Mapper brings you the technology to share your live location with your friends. When someone is awaiting your arrival, the touch of a button is all he or she will need to track your progress! A marker representing you will be presented on a map, moving as you move!.

Add and remove friends as often as you like. Choose whether you want to show your location to your friends or to remain hidden!….

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Friends on Fire – Location Based Social Network app for Facebook

Last modified on 2009-05-09 00:47:15 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://apps.facebook.com/on-fire/

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Excerpt from the website : “…Friends on Fire for Facebook helps you keep up with your friends, wherever you are! See your friends locations, share your own and send short messages, invitations and tips about the world around you. You can update your location using any Fire Eagle updater, and any time you update your location on Facebook, it will update all your other Fire Eagle apps automatically…”

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Geo-Me – LBSN – Explore Share Connect

Last modified on 2008-12-26 17:41:45 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.geo-me.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…Our vision is to provide our members with their choice of information on what is happening in their neighborhood as well as the choice to let others know where they are. This way everyone can shape the urban map of their city and share their views on their favourite places with their friends or the entire community –the choice is theirs!…”

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GeoSpot – Search and Explore local places

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:09:53 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.geospot.com/gs/Home

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Excerpt from the website : “… Welcome to GeoSpot, Inc., the leading provider of a new generation of location-based information technology that is made available to millions of users for search and exploration and supports real-time updates of information at geographical points.

Our system treats all content without a bias, including highways, hiking trails, bus stations, city boundaries, parks, buildings, trees, businesses, restaurants, food menus, events, gas prices, operating hours, payment transactions, reviews, forums, category data, and people. Everything can be related for an unprecedented representation of everyday information in our world.

GeoSpot has launched a beta destination website for consumers to conduct powerful and deep location- and map-based search of businesses. Users can search not only for specific brands and locations but also operating hours (open/close), services, events, and products….”

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GeoUpdater – Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:10:13 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://linuxinside.org/geoupdater/

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Excerpt from the website : “… GeoUpdater reads location data from your Fire Eagle account as you move and automatically push status updates to various social sites (e.g.Facebook,…) using the respective APIs. A georss feed generator for blogs and FriendFeed integration is under development. …”

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Glympse – Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-06-02 19:36:12 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.glympse.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “…Why Glympse

Think about it: How often do you share information about your location with friends, family or colleagues each day? Where are you? When will you be home? I’m running 15 minutes late for the meeting. Let’s meet at the restaurant at 6 p.m. With Glympse, you no longer need to make a phone call or send a text to communicate common location-based information. Designed to keep up with an increasingly mobile lifestyle, Glympse visually answers the question of “Where are you?” with a dynamic map that updates your whereabouts in real-time.

You can now “glympse”” anyone in your contact list and share your location as easily as sending a text message, but a lot more fun. Recipients know exactly where you are, when and for as long as you want them to. In short, Glympse is simple, safe location sharing — in an instant….

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Google Latitude – Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-03-19 00:28:47 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.google.com/latitude/intro.html

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Excerpt from the website : “…With Google Latitude, you can:

* See where your friends are and what they are up to
* Quickly contact them with SMS, IM, or a phone call
* Control what your location is and who gets to see it

Enjoy Google Latitude on your phone, PC, or both.
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Gowalla – Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-10-23 19:09:11 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

gowallaURL: http://gowalla.com/

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Excerpt from the website :
“… Share your experiences and discover new places. Everywhere you go

Share your experiences through Gowalla with your Facebook & Twitter friends

Stamp your passport and earn rewards at the places that you visit

Discover and create locations anywhere in the world with your iPhone

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gpsME- Share your travels

Last modified on 2009-10-23 18:56:47 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://gpsme.cc/gpsme.html

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Excerpt from the website :
“… 1- gpsME gets your location using GPS automatically
2 – You add photos or text (if you want)
3 – Then share it with your friends over Twitter, SMS and email in just a few touches…”

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Grindr – Location Based Social Network for gay, bi, and curious men

Last modified on 2009-11-12 19:00:01 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://grindr.com

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Excerpt from the website :
“…Meet Guys Near You  With Grindr.

Meet men at home or on the road for free with Grindr for iPhone. No strings attached. Start chatting with
local guys in seconds!
The go-to place for gay, bi, and curious men to meet, the location-based Grindr is FREE, FAST, and FUN. It uses GPS technology in your The go-to place for gay, bi, and curious men to meet, the location-based Grindr is FREE, FAST, and FUN. It uses GPS technology in your iPhone and WiFi in iPod Touch to determine your exact location and instantly connect you with guys in your area…”

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Groovr – Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-03-19 00:28:56 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.Groovr.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…groovr is based in Los Angeles, California and was created in an effort to keep a group of friends connected while out hitting LA hotspots. The groovr goal is to help people stay connected, not just online, but out in life too. We want our users to move seamlessly from laptop to mobile phone to meeting new friends in new places...”

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GyPSii – Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-26 15:37:58 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.GyPSii.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “… GyPSii connects people and content to places and networks, from work to play to home, allowing you to share your real life experiences in the virtual world, using mobile devices, the web and Internet connected devices.

GyPSii enables you to social network, capture, edit and share your user generated content and places. You can explore location based content, services and points of interest, find people, your friends and content in your select communities, connect your experiences, locate and map your friends and places.

Build an electronic diary of people, your friends, your places, their places with full location context & maps to be shared and viewed with family, friends, business colleagues and communities…”

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iCloseBy- Location Based Social Network – iPhone application

Last modified on 2009-01-24 22:41:47 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.icloseby.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…
Walk by any hotspot and your iFob will light up if there are other iFob users inside. Sit down in any hotspot, and iFob will become your beacon, sending out a local signal which says you might want company. Or set your copy of iFob so it just listens, showing you the other iFob users while letting you chose whom you might want to chat with.
BROADCAST YOUR PROFILE »

With iFob there are no requirements and no logins. You change your profile instantly, as often as you want…. “

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iPling- Location Based Social Expansion Engine

Last modified on 2009-03-19 00:29:39 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.iPling.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…iPling is a location based expansion engine that allows you to discover and communicate with people that share your interests. As an engine powers a car to a destination, iPling powers your social expansion in any direction you choose. You can use iPling to search for those that share your background, music tastes, passion for blogging or anything else you can dream up…”

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Ipoki – Location Based Social Networking with interface in Facebook

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:10:47 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.ipoki.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “…

1. What is Ipoki?
Ipoki lets you share your current location with others in real-time. Also, you can see where your friends are and track them on Google Maps and Google Earth. Ipoki lets you keep track of your routes and use it to geolocate photos in flickr automatically. Invite your friends to see where you are and find and follow them across the world. Feel free to sign up. It’s free.
2. Do I need a GPS to use Ipoki?
No. You can use Ipoki just using the Web. Just sign in to update your current location in a easy way. But the most amazing feature of Ipoki is to share your location in real-time. To do that, you have to install in your mobile device the Ipoki Plugin….”

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IRL- Location Based Social Networking – integrated with MySpace and Facebook

Last modified on 2008-12-22 20:50:19 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

URL: http://corp.irlconnect.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…Our product: IRL Connect

With our product IRL Connect we link virtual information and social context to physical space. By doing so, we create a social layer of the world. In practice this means that we take the user’s friends from their online social networks, show them on the map and support interaction….. “

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Jentro – Social Networking Suite

Last modified on 2008-12-24 02:02:48 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.jentro.com/

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Excerpt from the website : “…Jentro has a portfolio of world-class applications serving a broad array of horizontal and vertical markets. With our collaborative consultative approach, our experienced design team will work with you understand your business goals and objectives, design and recommend appropriate applications. Throughout this process, you will have access to the wealth of knowledge available from our extensive library of existing applications…”

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Junaio – Location Based Social Network with Augmented Reality

Last modified on 2009-11-12 19:42:14 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.junaio.com/

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Excerpt from the website :
“…junaio is a mobile and online augmented reality platform that allows you to create, explore and share information in a completely new way. You will be able to see any kind of location-based content – images, websites or notes – on your personal junaio homepage and through the display of your mobile phone. junaio is bringing the Internet to the real world around you… Now…”

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LightPole – Location Based Social Networking – Local Recommendations

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:11:05 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.lightpole.net

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Excerpt from the website : “… Get the most out of wherever you are. LightPole brings the knowledge of place to your mobile phone. Get real-time, geo-specific content about restaurants, shows, local history, and much more. Make annotations, record Points of Interest, make your own recommendations, and alert friends. Tap into blogs and local news in real time. LightPole illuminates the here and now….”

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Limbo – Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:11:22 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.limbo.com

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Excerpt from the website : “… Limbo is one the world’s largest, fastest growing mobile social networks where people share the places they go and the things they do. In Limbo, members broadcast their location, locate bars, clubs or restaurants, and coordinate their friends with group text. All tools and services are free to members thanks to the support of interactive, highly targeted, location-based mobile advertisements.

Limbo is freeing social networkers from computer-dependence with a network that goes where you go – to a party, class, a restaurant or concert. Limbo lets you share the things you’re doing right from your phone, so friends can connect on the go and no one misses their chance to join in. Members can search for friends by what they’re doing, degree of friendship, or distance away, and can find points of interest nearby. Maps make it easy to see exactly where someone is, and activities make it possible to search for people doing what you want to do too. Limbo works for every mobile phone user, regardless of phone type or carrier…..”

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Locaccino – Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-05-09 00:47:02 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://locaccino.org/

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Excerpt from the website : “…Welcome to Locaccino. Our location-centered social application allows you to share your location with your friends. Whether they are checking to see if your flight landed safely, planning a Friday night outing, or just wondering if you are in the office to grab coffee, Locaccino is there to help you share!
Our Facebook Application
Get started by clicking Join Now to add our Facebook Application!
Privacy Controls
Locaccino is the only location-sharing system that gives you precision control over who can see your location. While most location-based systems only allow you to list which of your contacts should or shouldn’t be able to see your location, our privacy settings allow you to create rules as simple or complex as you want them to be!
Our technology allows you to easily define the times when you want to share your locations. Locaccino lets you create groups for your friends to simplify your location preferences. With Locaccino, allowing your co-workers to see your location from 8AM – 5PM is a snap.
Locaccino also allows you to specify where you can be located. Using a Google maps interface, you can define regions where you do and don’t want other people to be able to find you.
Locaccino Location Sensing
Our software will sense your location without even requiring GPS! By leveraging the wifi network of Skyhook Wireless, a nearby location will be found for you. The Locaccino software you’ll download will do all the work.
We Protect Your Privacy
We are the only location-based system with privacy researchers actively working to make sure that your data is kept safe. Our Privacy Policy explains in detail exactly how we store and process all of your data. We want you to know that your location information is saved anonymously and we will never sell any of your personal data.
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Locatik – Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2008-12-31 00:54:44 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.locatik.com

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Excerpt from the website : “… Welcome to Locatik!
Locatik is a mobile service telling you where your friends are and what they are up to.
Locatik is a communications tool and service, it allows you to share your thoughts and whereabouts with your friends and the world.
Locatik can be used via different channels, they will more or less have the same end effect…

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Locatrix – Location Based Social Networking – Development platform

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:11:49 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.locatrix.com

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Excerpt from the website : “… While social networking has transformed the web and the way we communicate online, mobile social networking provides wireless network operators with an almost unlimited opportunity to replace disappearing voice revenues with profitable, virally-marketed, personalized content services.

By seamlessly integrating location, presence, user-generated-content, a subscriber’s friends and dynamic places of interest, Locatrix mobile social networking solutions provide network operators with a proven, progressive and subscriber-attracting family of services designed to increase Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) and profit without substantial capital expenditure.

Delivered via a common framework, Locatrix mobile social networking solutions provide network operators with a roadmap of innovative value-added location services. Uandme™ provides the foundation – a best-in-class buddy finder with a fully-extensible location framework for integration into other portal or web services. PlaceSnaps™ facilitates the sharing and distribution of user-generated content in a safe, scalable environment, while our location-based mobile marketing module creates opportunities to monetize subscriber eyeballs in a secure, contextually-relevant manner….”

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LOCR- Location Based Photo Sharing

Last modified on 2009-03-19 00:29:59 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.locr.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…

locr is a revolutionary photo sharing community. At locr, our users can not only upload their photos, they can also geotag them. We offer users from around the world to link their photos to location information. locr auto-tags images with GPS data, displays their position on digital maps and creates information concerning motif and location.

But there is more to it than that. Photos are memories of moments that you like to capture and share. They get friends and families together that are spread all over the world. Everyone should therefore be able to share their favorite images with other…”

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Locle – Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-26 15:37:21 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

URL: http://www.locle.com

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Excerpt from the website : “… Location based social networking. Sweet!

Locle is a new mobile phone application that lets users see where their friends and family are without the need for GPS. Wherever you are, always find out where people are and meet them for lunch, drinks or whatever you want to do. Just make sure you don’t miss out on anything…”

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Loki- Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:12:33 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.loki.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…A product of Skyhook Wireless, Loki is a new and unique way of interacting with the Internet. For the first time, your computer can automatically incorporate its exact physical location into your Internet experience. It can also let you quickly, efficiently and automatically share your location with others…”

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loopt – Location Based Social Networking

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:12:54 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.loopt.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…Loopt shows users where friends are located and what they are doing via detailed, interactive maps on their mobile phones. Loopt helps friends connect on the fly and navigate their social lives by orienting them to people, places and events. Users can also share location updates, geo-tagged photos and comments with friends in their mobile address book or on online social networks, communities and blogs. Loopt was designed with user privacy at its core and offers a variety of effective and intuitive privacy controls…”

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MAPme- Location Based Social Network map sharing

Last modified on 2009-01-24 22:28:28 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

URL: http://www.mapme.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…
Create a Map of your favorite places, travels or destinations
Start a Community map where everyone can add Locations, Pics & Videos
Share your Map with your friends or the whole world… “

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Map My Tracks – Sharing Sporting activity

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:13:15 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.mapmytracks.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…Map My Tracks turns your mobile phone into your personal real-time GPS tracking device. Using a mobile phone with built-in GPS or an external GPS receiver you can map and track your location in real-time. Map My Tracks brings a new insight into your sporting activity, provides a competitive edge and makes training fun. Map My Tracks let your friends, competitors or parents know where you are right now.

It’s ideal for tracking activities like sailing, cycling, running, canoeing, skiing, walking, windsurfing, orienteering, mountaineering, horse riding, hang gliding, gliding, snowboarding, paragliding, hot air ballooning or just for fun to show your friends where you are right now. …”

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Match2Blue – Location Based Social Network

Last modified on 2009-05-26 03:56:54 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.match2blue.com/cms/

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Excerpt from the website : “…We at match2blue mobilize communities.
We offer an innovative interest and location based mobile social network.
Imagine …
… you are on a business trip and happen to check your phone using match2blue to be reacquainted with an old friend from college who works just around the block

…your phone informs you that the beautiful girl in the park is a fellow activist match2blue user who needs help organizing a fundraiser event.

… you are at a trade fair and with match2blue you meet the precise business partners you were looking for amongst thousands of attendees.
match2blue is a new mobile communication channel that is programmed to target feedback … in real time.

… you are the owner of a Jazz club. You send out a message to every match2blue user interested in jazz and cocktails, within a 10 miles radius, inviting them to your “2 cocktails for the price of 1” special until midnight

…you are an event promoter. You have the luxury of posting your events through match2blue, targeting those who have a high likeliness to attend

…you are the marketing manager of a well-known brand. match2blue allows you to send exclusive and targeted news to selected customers … and even ask for their feedback … in real time.
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MeetMoi- Location Based Dating

Last modified on 2008-12-20 14:13:35 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

URL: http://www.meetmoi.com

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Excerpt from the website : “…Spontaneous Dating
meetMoi is a safe and easy dating service for meeting people near you. Here’s how it works. Update your location: Just set up your phone and create your dating profile. As you move around, meetMoi updates your location in real-time. You decide who sees your profile and what information you share.
See who’s nearby: Wherever you are, MeetMoi searches for compatible matches near your actual location. When a match is nearby, you get an alert on your phone.

List copied from: http://bdnooz.com/lbsn-location-based-social-networking-links/

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  1. Your list of social networks is copied from my website.
    The least you can do when you put information from other blog is to make it as a quote and making reference to the original work
    Here you COPY the material.
    I’ll appreciate if you DELETE immediately all the copied material and if you want, just make a reference for the site that made the effort to compile and maintain the list.
    As a blogger I expect you respect others bloggers work.
    Thank you.

      • Umair
      • April 1st, 2010

      I forgot to dude. Now the link is there 🙂 … many thanks for the wonderful information you share with us.

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