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Friendster for your mobile phone

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 06, 2004

Friendster for your mobile phone. “Tell us who your friends are, tell us where you are, and we’ll let you know when your friends are within 10 blocks of you.”

Reader comments

spygeekApr 06, 2004 at 11:15PM

I can see it now:

“Bob is at King of Diamonds Gentlemen’s Club. Bob is your husband.”

dfyoungApr 07, 2004 at 12:20AM

“Only in NYC.”


ricardoApr 07, 2004 at 1:48AM

yeah, i want my friends to know i walked right by their house and didnt call them. This is where the disconnect between simple online social networks and the real, complex world of human interaction becomes stark and apparent.

brian breslinApr 07, 2004 at 2:29AM

i think this could be useful if you could turn it on when you walked into a bar and wondered “is there anyone i know here?” then it shows you people 1 or 2 degrees apart from you MAX, then maybe.

miscdebrisApr 07, 2004 at 2:34AM

passé. years ago (*years* ago) in europe you could fill out a profile and be alerted when your “match” was within a specified range. we’re so hopelessly behind.

FirasApr 07, 2004 at 2:46AM

Well, gentlemen, all this needs is a transmit on/off feature to quell the paranoia. It’s incredible!

dansaysApr 07, 2004 at 8:06AM

Firas, you have to key in your location by hand, via text message. It’s not GPS powered. (Yet.)

djApr 07, 2004 at 2:20PM

I am right behind you.

RyanApr 07, 2004 at 2:52PM

dj, you inspired my recollection of the old “ask manson” skit from the ben stiller show:

Hiss hiss hiss that’s my sound, that’s the sound of me… I’m out there, I’m inside your muffler, you don’t like it but that’s too late, I already got inside. I don’t shut up, th…they tried to shut me up, but I’m a big mouth like Martha Raye! I’m a Bing Crosby fan, I’m not a Beatles fan. I got friends out there, they got icepicks and they’re going… when you hear me, you better gegock de brock gock

Jim BishopApr 07, 2004 at 4:42PM

upoc.com has been doing this for years.

alex rainertApr 07, 2004 at 5:19PM

As a member of the dodgeball team I want to point out the key differences between what we’re doing and what upoc has been doing

dodgeball is
- built upon a social network engine
- filter messages by friends and friends of friends
- real-time messaging based on proximity
- signal to noise ratio is much higher

The only similarity is that it is messages delivered via SMS.

FrankApr 08, 2004 at 4:13PM

Y’all are such player haters!!!

This is FUN! Step off the hateration and go outside and get CRUNK’D!!!

SammyApr 10, 2004 at 10:23AM

I’m with Frank. I used it this week and was quite pleased, especially for a project in development.

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.