I’ve been playing with new social networking site, Brightkite. At first, I wasn’t sure how much I would use it, but now I find it as addicting as Twitter. It’s really neat.
One of the more interesting things that I heard years ago was that applications would be “location aware” of where you were. The context of these applications were more centered around phones and IM clients. Brightkite takes it beyond this level, and I find it pretty enlightening. Sure, if you use Pidgin or other IM clients, you can have different “resources” identified as “Home” or “Work.” Brightkite allows you to update wherever you are either by the web or by SMS. If you can send emails from your phone, you can email pictures of whatever is interesting at the location you “checked in” at.
Today I “checked in” at my barber and I got a message from a friend that said, “Hey, you’re in my ‘hood!” How cool. Think about this in larger terms if more people were on board with this. I could “check in” and if my online or social friends are nearby, they can announce it, and who knows? Maybe we can meet for coffee.
Imagine how this service could help Realtors or other professionals that travel around a limited area. Imagine how cool this would be if people could have GPS units that could somehow update locations? Imagine if you could update via Bluetooth?
This is a different kind of service and it might take some getting used to. But I like it and I’ll use it. If you are on Brightkite, please feel free to make me a friend and if you are Twitter, feel free to follow me; if you aren’t a ‘bot or something, chances are I’ll follow you back.
- My Twitter profile: http://twitter.com/jpabian
- My BrightKite Profile: http://www.brightkite.com/people/jpabian
I’m still having trouble checking in via phone (apparently I don’t have the keywords down correctly), but I did find you because you work right by me!!
For the most part, I set up “placemarks” so I can check in via sms like so “@ work” and it updates where I’m at. Feel free to set us up as friends.