http://kodingen.com/ Free cloud developing site for web apps.
web article on location based advantages
Toilet paper entrepreneur helps entrepreneurs connect with journalist.
LBS can include mobile commerce when taking the form of coupons or advertising directed at customers based on their current location.
Pic of how many moblie services have users
Loopt: It provides a cellphone-based GPS sharing system that allows users to visualize one another using their cell phones and share information. Loopt also enables users to explore the world around them by connecting users with integrated content from Citysearch, Zagat, Bing, Zvents, Metromix, SonicLiving and others. Loopt is available on over 100 mobile devices across all the major US networks
In April 2010, Apple announced iOS4.0, which will allow background real-time location updating on Loopt iPhone app. Loopt has indicated they will support this as soon as Apple ships OS4.0 for the iPhone ships in summer 2010. Apple’s OS 4.0 Announcements – Loopt’s Perspective
- Website: Loopt provides a web portal which is synchronized with the mobile version of the service.
- Facebook application: The application was developed in 2008 for users to share location with friends in the Facebook network.
- Twitter and Facebook integration: Status updates with a location link can be sent via Loopt to a user’s Twitter status or Facebook status.
- Loopt for the iPhone: In addition to location and status updating, Loopt for the iPhone incorporates content from partners Zvents, Citysearch, Metromix, Bing, SonicLiving, and Zagat.
Foursquare: Location based social network. mobile. 6 million users.
Foursquare edges toward future of commerce
SXSW-exclusive partnership with American Express is awesome for businesses and customers
Earthcomber: location search
Yelp, Inc. is a company that operates yelp.com, a social networking, user review, and local search web site. Yelp.com has more than 39 million monthly unique visitors as of late 2010. Yelp released a free REST– and JSON-based application programming interface.The API provides access to business listing details, reviews, photos, and ratings and can be used to add business information to a website, widget, or mobile application. The API has been used to integrate business reviews into existing Google Maps applications such as on Zillow.com and HotelMapSearch.com Business ratings and reviews
- Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people find great local businesses like dentists, hair stylists and mechanics
- As of January 2011, more than 45 million people visited Yelp in the past 30 days
- Yelpers have written over 15 million local reviews, 83% of them rating a business 3 stars or higher
- In addition to reviews, you can use Yelp to find events, special offers, lists and to talk with other Yelpers
- Every business owner (or manager) can setup a free account to post offers, photos and message her customers
- Yelp makes money by selling ads to local businesses – you’ll see these yellow, clearly labeled “Sponsored Results” around the site
- Paying advertisers can never change or re-order their reviews
- Yelp has an automated filter that suppresses a small portion of reviews – it targets those suspicious ones you see on other sites
- You can Yelp on your phone at http://m.yelp.com, or use Yelp for iPhone, Yelp for BlackBerry, Yelp for Palm Pre, and Yelp for Android
- The Weekly Yelp is available in 42 city editions to bring you the latest business openings & other happenings
Whrrl: Location based discovery game and social networking. Moblie app
Blippy is a fun, free and safe site that lets you share your purchases and see what your friends are buying online and in real life.
What does it do?
Blippy lets you communicate about and share purchases with friends by syncing already existing e-commerce accounts to Blippy such as iTunes, Netflix, Woot, eBay and more.
buzzd is your source for up-to-the-minute ratings of restaurants, nightlife & venues in your city. See what friends & others are saying about places right now and know the most popular spots on Twitter using the “buzzdmeter.”
It’s your city, in real time.
Instantly locate nearby places & use the “buzzdmeter” to see the real-time buzz from social networks like Twitter, Foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp & more.
Weplug is a new social networking site out of France that aims to combine the best parts of Twitter, Facebook, and geo-location.
A few years from now we’ll use our mobile devices to help us remember details of people we know, but not well. And it will help us meet new people for dating, business and friendship. Imagine walking into a meeting, classroom, party, bar, subway station, airplane, etc. and seeing profile information about other people in the area, depending on privacy settings. Picture, name, dating status, resume information, etc. The information that is available would be relevant to the setting – quick LinkedIn-type information for a business meeting v. Facebook dating status for a bar.
That requires a social network that has presence, location and contextual information about you. It needs to know where you are (via GPS or triangulation), if you are in business or personal mode, and similar information for the people around you. It also needs, at a basic level, the ability to sort and browse the people around you based on their picture and name, and what they are looking for (dating, investments, job, friendship). Once this network is established, you’ll know everyone’s name who’s around you (if they choose to share it), and enough basic information to jog your memory if you know them, or meet them if there’s mutual interest. Poking someone on Facebook is great, but “poking” them when you’re in the same bar as them can result in much more immediate social gratification.
ShowNearby’s mission is to empower the world to answer this simple question: “What’s nearby?”ShowNearby was one of the early adopters of Android, by late 2009, ShowNearby on Android was the #3 application globally, beating Facebook, Twitter and the likes, trailing behind Google Maps and Google Earth.Through ShowNearby, you are able to reach out to over 1.1 million smart phone users and many more internet-savvy information-seeking individuals on the web.
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