Friday, November 28, 2008

Phone Friday

For some reason there is very little fun around this week. So I've decided for one week only to replace Google Maps Friday Fun with Phone Friday.

Hopefully normal service will resume next week.


Locatik allows users to share their thoughts and whereabouts with their friends and the rest of the world. It is possible to use Locatik via a number of different channels, When you send a message via Locatik it is possible to determine whether the message is public, for friends only or invisible (just for you).

Locify provides a huge range of services for your mobile phone, all of them location based. It is possible to use Locify to browse points of interests, browse and record routes, view Google Maps on-line, show your position to friends via Google Maps (and most other on-line maps) and also access a huge range of third-party services.

(pause for breath)

You can find Wikipedia articles about nearby places, track your movements and view your track later on Google Maps, find the nearest events and services and get a weather report. Check out the Locify website - there is a whole lot more.


Brightkite is a location-based social network. You can use BrightKite to see where your friends are in real time and what they're up to. You can also use the service to meet like minded people near your location.

The BrightKite front page is beginning to resemble Twitter but, as you can see from the screenshot, there is some mashing-up with Google Maps going on in there somewhere. BrightKite is still invite only so we will have to wait for an invite before we get a closer look ;)

With you can create an on-line logbook of your trips, just by sending SMS text messages from your cell phone.

With if you include the coordinates of your position in a message the message will be displayed on a Google Map. Therefore your friends will know where you were when you sent the message. is similar to micro-blogging sites like Twitter only here your messages are geo-coded and mapped. You can also upload a picture for each message that you send.

And to celebrate Phone Friday (doesn't that sound so much nicer than Black Friday) I've added a new 'mobile phone' category to the Google Maps Directory.


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