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From mates Web Site:

mates is a location-based social networking system in the form of a robust web service, or Relationship Engine, and an optional rich media client application, or Relationship Space Navigator.

Our objective in creating mates has been to build an open infrastructure to introduce and connect individuals based on the intersection of physical location and other properties they might have in common.

mates is different than the wide range of existing social networking and instant messaging applications. We strive to create an open infrastructure that will allow existing software to harness the power of location based social networking and a platform on top of which other new, powerful applications can be developed.

(Emphasis mine)

I’ve been waiting for a truly open social network for a long time now. Been looking forward to it so much I actually considered writing one myself. I don’t see a reason why I need to create a new network of friends and contacts on services like flickr or delicious when my real network is mostly found on tribe.net. An open social network would let “specialist” services focus on what they do best instead of worrying about handling contacts, friends and realtionships.

Via: Ashton


Filed under: The Net

3 Responses - Comments are closed.

  1. Ashton says:

    Indeed! It looks like a fine entry, but, neither code nor service do they give us. I would expect the mobile networking space to be crowded rather than fallow. I recall that nokia recently released something (nokia only,the knuckleheads). And google just snarfed up Dodgeball

  2. limbo says:

    Once finals are over I plan on hitting them up for access. I wanna see if I can use their services to replace the lame social network I had to create for a school project.

  3. […] tribe friends, those who aren’t would appear as contacts on other networks. A truly open social network would cooperate with other such social networks or at least offer an API to programmatically […]

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