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Location-Based Social Networking Tool

Published 02/07/2009 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Plazes is a unique internet application that’s designed to allow you to find out what other people are doing, where they are and what their plans are. The idea is that you can update your status by text messaging updates using your mobile phone. This means that wherever you are you can easily send a message via text so that you can keep everyone updated. When you join you have the option of joining a group so that you can stay up to date with certain people. The service should allow you to find out where people are, what they are doing, and also manage your life much more efficiently. Plazes has been described as being similar to Twitter, but also has geotagging technology built in.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Plazes was initially founded in Germany in 2006, by 2008 Nokia became interested in acquiring the company and later on that year they successfully purchased the company. The service used to make users download software to determine where the messages were sent from; however since 2007 this is not required as they have changed their systems.

What are the differences to other apps?

Unlike twitter it’s possible to use geotagging to update people in real time so that they can find out exactly what you have been doing. Rather than just being a social networking site to stay in touch with people it has a real purpose. You can use this site to keep everyone updated with what you are doing rather than having to send out dozens of separate emails telling everyone.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

Using Plazes is a real delight. You will easily be able to share your location with your friends and family. There are plenty of walkthroughs and other instructions to guide you through everything required. Once you have signed up you are able to add your contacts that you want to trust, and you will see a list of them on a map. This makes it possible for you to easily keep track of where people are and what they are planning to do. This should make it much better for anyone trying to plan a meeting with someone and struggling to tie them down to a date and time. Once you are logged in you can easily tell other people what you are doing on the site or by texting from your phone.

How does the registration process work?

Registering for an account on Plazes is very easy; you just need to enter your name, email address, and a password. You also have to do a fairly irritating Captcha test, but at least it’s one that’s almost legible. You can easily plaze yourself online or by texting your location while you are out and about. You will be sent an email but you don’t actually need to confirm your email address.

What does it cost to use the application?

Using Plazes is completely free; there aren’t any subscription plans available. There are no noticeable adverts throughout the site, which makes it even more enjoyable to use.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Plazes is a great site for anyone that wants to stay in touch with lots of different people, and keep them updated with what you are currently doing. It’s also possible to update your status by using your mobile phone and sending a text message rather than having to log into the website and update your status manually.

  • Update your status using text messaging
  • Update your status on the internet when you’re at the office or at home
  • Keep your friends and family updated with what you are currently doing.

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