Saturday, October 25, 2008

Britekite on the iPhone

Britekite is a location-based social networking application. Basically, it is a way for you to share with your friends/followers where you are at, what you are doing, and to discover who is nearby. Plus a lot more.

I was an early user of Britekite and found it very compelling. I used it quite religiously for a while, but when I got my G3 iPhone I pretty much put it away. (More on this in a bit.) I stopped using it for two reasons. First, it was a pain in the butt to enter your location information. Not only did I have to enter it, but I'd have to find it first. For example, I might be at the Capital Hilton, but finding the hotel's address was often a painful exercise. The second reason was that it was just a little too phatic for my weak ties network. It was fine for my close ties, but the vast majority of my followers didn't need to know so much. TMI.

I always knew, however, that I would be returning to Britekite. When I first got my G3 iPhone, and experienced how other applications were using the GPS-based location information, I would think about how good I knew Britekite was going to be. Well my wait is over. The new Britekite application for the iPhone is out, and this application totally rocks. It was well worth the wait.

The new Britekite automatically determines where you are at and sniffs out an address-- no more entering or having to find an address. I've solved the second problem, too phatic, by only syndicating my Britekite content to one place: FriendFeed. The filtering capabilities of FriendFeed are such that I feel no guilt about sending lots of stuff to it that some people may have no interest in seeing. If they don't want it they can just hide it.

We're early on in the location-aware software revolution. It's coming like a freight-train, however. If you're wanting to see the future of mobile computing Britekite comes pretty darned close. If you have an iPhone you owe it to yourself to check-it-out.

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