zondag 1 mei 2005

Location awareness in third places

Here's a post by Jyri Engeström (again) that combines my experience with Bluejacking, my thoughts on social networking and my little idea for a Queensdag LBS (location based service) application. Very interesting....

"A growing number of mobile social softwares (e.g. Imahima, Dodgeball, Plazes, GeoNotes) allow people to define a physical location, announce their presence in that location, and see who else is now checked in, was there earlier, or plans to head there in the future. However, we know relatively little about how these services actually affect the usage patterns of cafés, bars, and other third places. In our research on the use of the Hunaja (Finnish for ‘honey’) system at Aula's social club in Helsinki, we found that new forms of serendipity, self-promotion, stalking and avoidance emerged when club members used their mobile phones to check who was in the Aula space."

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