Mobile Presence/Social ‘Mapping’

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Google bought Dodgeball early last year and not a word has been heard since. If you visit the site and poke around it appears that it’s plugging along. Then earlier this year I met someone from Flipt, formerly Radiate, now Loopt at a France Telecom event about the mobile user experience. It was difficult at the time to figure out what they were about.

Now Loopt has launched. It’s GPS-enabled mobile social media, which plots your nearby friends on a map. I haven’t spoken to them yet, but I’m sure they’ve thought through the privacy, security, stalking implications of this. Younger mobile uses just think apps like this are cool and don’t consider the sinister side too much.

It launches first with Sprint’s Boost Mobile.

You can send IMs to contacts, create events and manage a calendar that is available online or on the phone. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quoted as saying, “A social network is something that exists in the real world.”

Provided the user experience is a good one (TechCrunch says “yes”), Loopt could come much closer to Zuckerberg’s goal of tying the virtual and real worlds together than Facebook.

Here’s more from TechCrunch and the Loopt Blog:

More than anything else, loopt is about social mapping—connecting to your friends and bringing back a bit of the real world to this technology-obsessed virtual life. Many times a day, you almost run into people you know and would like to see but just barely miss them. loopt changes that—using real-time GPS from your mobile phone we can automatically show you where your friends are on a map and even send you a text message when they’re close by.

2 Responses to “Mobile Presence/Social ‘Mapping’”

  1. Dead2.0 » Not sure I want to be kept in this Loopt Says:

    […] The company is targetting it as some kind of social mapping/presence system, per their blog: Many times a day, you almost run into people you know and would like to see but just barely miss them. loopt changes that—using real-time GPS from your mobile phone we can automatically show you where your friends are on a map and even send you a text message when they’re close by. You also can set a status message and let all of your friends know what you’re doing. […]

  2. Of Phones, Local and Mo-Soc-Nets « Screenwerk Says:

    […] The article goes on to say that Sprint’s youth brand Boost Mobile will announce similar services next week. Boost already has a deal with mobile-social application Loopt (formerly Flipt). Previously Helio announced a deal with MySpace, where it acts as the MVNO (using the Sprint Network). Yahoo! and all its services, including Local and IM, are already available through Helio. […]

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