Social networking via mobile phone?
March 11, 2005 8:40 PM Subscribe
Tech/Business: Say I were to conduct a feasibility study for social networking via mobile phones. I would like the service to enable people to define their relationships and be alerted when a specified contact is nearby (e.g., within 30m/100ft) - provided that contact has set themselves to be "findable" to that person. Is this already being done? If so, where can I find more information? If not, is this viable? Do we have the technology? How do I turn it into a profitable venture?
posted by Lush to Technology (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I started a feasibility study about this last year that focused more on the business side (establishing a local demand, etc). [I'm in the Philippines.] Now I'm much more interested in the issues surrounding it on a much wider and deeper scale. I figure it couldn't hurt to ask people from more technologically advanced countries to see if something like this has been done or is in the works.
Follow-up questions: What technology would be best to apply here? Should I be looking into GPRS? Bluetooth? Would people have to have special handsets for it? Would one have to write a special program to install in people's phones? Can it be an SMS-type service people can just subscribe to? Is it possible to restrict oneself as "findable" only to one person, or exclusively to persons one specifies as family?
Related secondary question: What are the security issues I might encounter, and how do I head them off?