Hot Company: buddyPing

As well as tracking SMS, mobile and related news, I wanted to highlight companies, services, products and people that are hot

Here’s a service I’ve been using and watching for a little while now:

Buddyping

buddyPing is a way to find your friends, events, venues and pretty much anything in your local area with your mobile. Just text or use the buddyPing client to tell us your location and we will automatically find any local things and tell you their location for free.

Online and *on* your phone
You update your location with a simple SMS — however with the release of the new client, things are definitely hotting up.  You can download and install this wicked little java app to continually update your locations while you’re on the move.  The whole service is very simple to use — my only regret is that at the moment, I’m hooked to my desk so I’m not changing my location much!  But when I’m out doing copious amounts of meetings from next week, I’m going to be loving it!

Phototagging
Phototags have recently been added — think a cross between Flickr, Google Maps, and del.icio.us, allowing users to bookmark your area via picture message direct from your mobile.  Smart!  I can’t wait to see how this grows. 

Justin and the team at buddyPing HQ (currently 115.2 miles away from me — courtesy of buddyPing) are really working hard on pushing the whole mobile social networking model from the geeks like me into the mainstream (Check out Justin’s blog). 

I’m username ew4n on buddyPing — go ahead and add me — I’ll see you on there!

http://www.buddyping.com

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