Another interesting web event for application developers as the NN4D team will be hosting the following… “Intro to the 2010 NAVTEQ LBS Challenge” on Tuesday, October 6 2009, 11am CST. From NAVTEQ… “Come explore the many potential benefits of participating in the 2010 Global LBS Challenge. The current prize pool is $8.2 million USD and growing.” – See more details at http://su.pr/Asws73
The topic of privacy (and security) is a huge one with respect to location-based services… case in point, this article which has been floating around for a week or so now! It got me thinking.. indeed, with so many GPS-enabled and location-aware devices on the market these days (all the new S60 devices, iPhone, blackberry etc…) and the love of mobile users for sharing their media with the World (flickr, youtube, mosh, jaiku, twitter, facebook, etc…) do mobile device users really have any idea what kind of information they are sharing?? I know myself I’ve shared information on my facebook that I never realized I was sharing – also receive info that I’m sure others aren’t aware that I’m seeing!
Using the previously mentioned article as an example though, are users really informed and aware what they are sharing when they upload and share photos from their cell phones? Geotagging is all the rage and there’s many tools around to help users add geo location to their photos (shozu, locr, zonetag, brightkyte etc…) and there’s numerous ways to embed your location information via social networks like Twitter and facebook (wehereyougonnabe, brighkyte, twitpic, sports tracker, gps twitter, twibble, etc…). Building on the example in the article, I did my own test the other day as I wandered around Flickr. Browsing a Flickr map in my region I easily viewed recently uploaded photos in my neighborhood – one can also do this on Google Maps viewing Panoramio images. One photo got my attention… it was a shot of 2 young women posing for a portrait. It turns out that it was captured by what seemed to be a pro photographer who had then uploaded the photograph to his own portfolio of work that he keep son flickr. Looking closer I noticed that he had also not only included locations (geotagging) with all his photos, but he also was sharing that information with the World – I wasn’t a contact, friend, or connection of his. With a click of the mouse I could see exactly where he captured the photograph of the two women – the location was a home in a residential neighborhood.Using other online search tools, local search, white pages, reverse geocoding etc… I’m sure I could have also easily determined the names, address and phone number of a girl in the photo… a bit disturbing, right??
We’ve been messing around a little trying to come up with a cool, promotional graphic for our LBSzone.com… you like?
A great one today from uLocate… Now users of the way cool WHERE location-aware mobile application can enjoy seeing what other users are doing. It’s interesting to see exactly WHERE people are and how they are using the WHERE LBS application. See people finding local businesses, locating a nearest Starbucks shop, using Gasbuddy to find cheap fuel, using flickpics to see photos near them etc…
WHEREVision (http://www.where.com/jin/wherevision.jin) is akin to Flickr vision, you know, a cool and engaging World map showing user icons and revealing what they are doing. Sit back, load up WHERE Vision and watch what people are doing… nice! A great addition to what I think is definitely one of the top 5 mobile LBS applications that you can find anywhere! See WHERE http://www.where.com
A tip-off informs me that Apisphere will be launching two location-aware app shortly designed to improve the mobile user experience with Salesforce CRM and Microsoft Outlook. The company will be releasing a geo-triggered interface for Salesforce.com that will automatically push client information directly to mobile devices for on-the-go meeting prep, and a Microsoft Outlook plug-in that will send meeting reminders and traffic directions to a user’s mobile phone based on real-time traffic updates. Stay tuned for more on that one soon I guess! See HERE