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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Info about Location Aware Social Networks & Mobile Apps

Lots of people have asked me since I retweeted/reblogged Wayne Sutton’s location social networks poll last night which of these are on BlackBerry (or mobiles other then iPhone)? Welp, check out my quick run-down of these apps available for your non-iPhone mobile of choice.

Brightkite has mobile applications for BlackBerry, Android, iPhone and WAP (for little web browsers). Their i.brightkite.com mobile site for Safari on iPhone was pretty awesome too but this seems to have been put out to pasture. This is still my favorite location-based social network for lots of reasons I’ll get into later. Also they have integration for Augmented Reality browser Layar for you uber geeks with iPhone 3GS mobiles. Very very cool. Brightkite has twitter (with geo-location tagging too), Flickr (also with geo-tagging), Facebook, Fire Eagleintegration as well as Photo upload, QR Code and SMS support (send txts to 41414). Remember, SMS is a very valid and handy interface for social networks. Heck, consider I used SMS for Twitter almost exclusively for the first 2 years! I had 40404 on speed-dial. Just ask Wayne (yes the mocking was uncalled for!).

Foursquare has mobile applications for BlackBerry, Android, Palm Pre and iPhone. They have a mobile website I’ve never tried and SMS support too (send txts to 50500). It’s the hip new contender with the gaming mechanics and SMB marketing edge that is making waves and generating huge buzz. Also has Facebook, twitter and Yelp integration.

TriOut has a mobile application only for iPhone (for now). This new location social net is intended for NC users only and is in private beta. Tri-Out is for those out and about in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham & Chapel-Hill). Très Hyper-local, no? (I have a few invite codes if yaw are in Norf Calack) The app just added Flickr and Foursquare integration to compliment the existing twitter and Facebook integration. Lawrence Power (app developer) has mentioned that Yelp, Brightkite, Posterous and maybe even Gowalla is likely on the way. Ahem, uh, Tumblr? Hello?! ;-) There is also a new Awards and points system giving this application a light weight gaming aspect as well. Watch this up and coming app. (BTW, doesn’t the new Yelp dashboard UI look a heck of a lot like the TriOut application? Yelp conspiracy?)

Speaking of Yelp, they just added check-in functionality to their iPhone app. Back to my point, Yelp has many mobile apps including BlackBerry, Android, Palm Pre, iPhone and amobile web version. You also have twitter, Facebook integration and photo uploads. Yelp is also pretty cutting edge with it’s Monocle augmented reality feature.

Also, for consideration - Whrrl - for group storying telling based on location. It has a cool iPhone app and mobile web version for other phones. Check it out. I don’t use Gowalla, but many seem to like it for similar reasons to Foursquare. Gowalla seems to be iPhone only and currently has no public API.

Facebook is bound to be envious of all the attention that these upstart social networks are getting and are likely plotting and scheming what/when/where to add geo-location to their network. Heck, they just ripped off er added Retweets um Via’s to Facebook. Maybe Tumblr should challenge for the rights to that verbage since ‘Reblogging’ has long been displayed through nested Via’s to annotate reblogged posts. But I digress; who am I to say? Seems they ought to do something cool with Friendfeed and location. They have all the feeds to make it happen with a little Facebook connect magic.

BTW, I am sporting the 16GB iPhone 3G in super awesome white.

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