The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 11:02:49 AM on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Nokia, yes the smartphone maker with 40% of mobile handsets worldwide, has slithered along the past couple years consuming some excellent location services and folding their technology and expertise into the mix.  I personally see the possibility of Nokia to explode on the scene with the possibility of an amazing location and time based social network and friend finder service it would have many moving to that platform.  Let's peek at the purchases:
  • 2006 - Gate5 is purchased.  They provided wireless mapping, routing and navigation
  • 2007 - Navteq is purchased for an amazing $8 billion giving them an edge on location data as a service
  • 2008 - Plazes, from Berlin, is purchased adds another 13 people to the team.  I personally have utilized Plazes since early beta and they layer GPS, MAC address and wifi access points to pinpoint your location.  They also allow you to post where you will be, not just where you are or have been.  A swift move by Nokia.  This added hundreds of thousands of locations (per news articles) to the Nokia location landscape.
  • 2009 - Dopplr is now purchased.  Before TripIt and some others, this was the go to site for road warriors.  There is history on restaurants, hotels and many other venue types already built into the system.  Timelines were established and sharing your trips was easy.  There is already an iPhone application which adds an interesting twist, but I don't see that vanishing.  Why not expand the userbase as far as possible?

In my opinion, all of this bases around the fact that Nokia needs a major stake in application services to compete with Apple and the iPhone.  The Ovi Store, the Nokia answer to the AppStore, is where you go to load and find your applications for their smartphone.  Having a device that runs numerous apps but is the leader in location services is a wave that young professionals and youth would quickly purchase if it means locating friends and planning events easier.  Integration into the address book would be a simple click to select someone, select a highly rated restaurant, make the reservation and hook them into the invitation in a few clicks.  When I walk down the street my phone tells me that Bob is only two blocks over at a local pub.  When I land in London it tells me that 4 business contacts are in the area or have plans to be near me based on my upcoming itinerary.

Taking location services and turning it into face-to-face contact is the next move in this type of social networking

by The Social Networker at 09:38:22 AM on Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
So while I was in their beta and had the ok to talk about and show screenshots of the new Plazes site, I waited until they went GA.  And they went GA in a big way.  Their main offices are located in Berlin (I was sorry I missed them in March while there) and yesterday the servers went down for the upgrade.

So today when logging in, they not only updated the server side of the service, but also the client side.  They now have cellphone integration, better contact views and mapping management and a slew of other interface changes including asking what you are doing at a Plaze.  So instead of just saying I am at Connectria's Data Center, I can add that I am working, sleeping or prepping for Admin2007 (as I really am).  It also tells you have the person Plazed in, web, Plazer of cellphone.

If you want an invite let me know, I will have it send you one.  It seems there is a new Plazes group also for Lotus Notes and Domino which can show you a map of everyone in the group online.

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