Although he pushes the particular argument towards carrier-assisted location services (no surprise there since this is one of the core strengths of his company – as it happens it’s a very tough model to scale – but that’s a subject for another discussion) regular readers of this blog will know that I agree with the basic principle.
Until location services are actually usable (and useful) by people outside of the SXSW fanboys then for all the growth and blog traffic they generate – their overall impact will be small.
There’s another article peripherally connected to the subject by the NYT here – but it’s interesting how easily a technology journalist can misinterpret basic service functionality while simultaneously trying to explain it simply.
To paraphrase….”Foursquare came in handy for Jordan when she came into a bar and could not find anyone she knew.”
Hmmm…lemme see how this would play out in the real world. Here is that LBS interaction – in words.
“Hey – I’m HERE !!!! Anybody want to hang out…anybody. ok now I’m HERE !!!!!”
Is this just me – or is this a bass-ackward way to approach a problem. As I said before – if the issue is finding your friends/colleagues/family (as many agree is the case) then let’s make tools that accomplish this correctly.
Otherwise it’s like trying to have a meaningful conversation with someone via an RSS feed (or slightly more laterally – like driving forwards while looking in the rear view mirror wondering where your friends are ;))