Locatik location enabled social networking service now live
Since the Symbian smartphone show in 2007, I have been trialing the Locatik location based social networking service from the team at Psiloc.
These are the guys who are well known for developing quality symbian software including psiloc connectwhich is the first application I load onto any new Nokia.
It has now been released as version 1.0 and is available for public signup.
There are a number of location enabled social networking sites around, but Locatik seems to have all the ingredients you need
- symbian series 60 client that uses GPS or the Locatik Cell-ID database for automatic location updates
- buddy and place lists built into the client application
Google maps interface via www.locatik.com website and a widget version
mobile website version at m.locatik.com
twitter interface (doesn’t everyone have one of these!)
SMS interface if you don’t have a GPS enabled phone
I was impressed when Locatik first launched, because they were the first to market (even ahead of Google mobile maps) with their own cell-ID database, meaning that if you did not have a GPS phone, or GPS was not available, then you received a reasonable fix on where you are – independent of the mobile operators.
At a basic level, you use the phone client to report back where you are, and you can set this to public so everyone can see your current (or previous) location on a Google map, or you can set it to just share with friends.
As the client application has evolved to version 1.0, the team at Psiloc has added some fancy social networking tools to keep track of friends and places you have logged along the way.
I imagine a fire eagle interface is not far behind, and you can already publish a Google maps widget and there is a twitter API interface as well.
Worth a look – head over to www.locatik.com to sign up.