The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 12:02:52 PM on Friday, February 6th, 2009
Yesterday I asked about the attitude people had in tweets and blogs  about Google Latitude.  I was asked numerous times if I think that this means the end of such services as Brightkite.   Heck no, not right now!!  Google Latitude has a long way to go everyone.  A simple map mashup against a location is not a cool service.  I am not saying that Google couldn't dedicate the resources to grow this product, but I think the goals are also different in what the two intend to do.  I started whipping up a chart that is far from complete:
Account name
requires Google only accounts
you pick a name, any email
Web client access
Blackberry client access
iPhone client access
mobile web client access
Google Earth integration (weird Google doesnt have it)
Twitter integration
Guess my location
Business name lookup (Google should own this area)
Upload photos about location
Follow a stream of people
Build placemarks (future check-ins and history)
Pubic and private placemarks
See check in history
Get friend location via email
Get friend location via SMS
Query friend location
Query who is at a location
Get notified when someone is nearby
Set range for nearby notifications
Watch a live checkin & comment 'wall' for an area
Twitter integration
Multiple layers of privacy
FireEagle integration (from Yahoo)

So what do I take from this?  Google Latitude is a new product with the Google name that could grow in the future.  Brightkite already kicks it's arse with features.  I don't think I even covered them all.  So add me in both locations from the links below and let's compare and share.
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  • 1) Google Latitude versus Brightkite
    Created by Keith Brooks at 02/06/2009 1:13:39 PM email | website

    But Brightkite is a pain in the arse as some would say. Is latitudes easier? perhaps and there in lies the crux of the issue i think, from a consumer level.

    remember tech people may get it and like it but if the 150million consumers don't....too bad.

  • 2) Google Latitude versus Brightkite
    Created by Joseph Hoetzl at 02/06/2009 5:40:14 PM email | website

    And you just posted this...and now, it is HootSuite...

    One Latitude feature - it works on Blackberries without GPS - not as accurate, but it gets pretty close in well saturated areas, where its triangulation stuff from Google Maps plays out.

  • 3) re: Google Latitude versus Brightkite
    Created by Chris Miller at 02/07/2009 12:47:13 PM email | website

    @Keith with Latitude only having one or two choices it is quite easier and also offers much more limited functionality and integration. A basic check-in and look for friends

    @Joseph - the cell phone triangulation works well enough when you see mutiple towers. I cover this in yesterday's posting.

  • 4) Google Latitude versus Brightkite
    Created by mdfrancois at 02/09/2009 4:20:33 PM email | website

    You have twitter on there twice.

    Also, in the BB, I think you mean Brightkite can be used in BB's crap web browser; there isn't an actual client app like there is for iphone, right?


  • 5) re: Google Latitude versus Brightkite
    Created by Chris Miller at 02/10/2009 2:38:08 PM email | website

    @mdfrancois - I use the SMS more on the BB than the web interface. I know they are working at a client that will work across the different BB devices

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