TechCrunch had an interesting article last week on the state of the art of the iPhone’s several location-based social neworking apps. Among other things, the article pointed out several features and capabilities that location-based social networking technologies really need to have, in order to add value to the users’ lives. I think the most interesting point is that the apps really need to be able toÂ actively inform you when someone of interest is nearby.
Obviously you could set this up manually, but that would be limited. As the article points out, it’s much more interesting if the system can integrate different sources of data, learning from all of your social interactions, and identify those people that would be good matches for you, even if you don’t know them. Wouldn’t that be cool?
I think it can be done. All you location-based services people, and all you social-networking people, let’s get together and see if we can make it work!