Category Archives: lbs

Why don’t local businesses use the Internet?

Back in the mid 90s, I frequented The Weinery, a total dive of a hot dog place in the Cedar/Riverside area of Minneapolis. Jerry, the then owner, collected email addresses and would occasionally send out specials. Say the password when … Continue reading

Posted in advertising, lbs, local search, marketing, newspapers, yellow pages | 9 Comments

Unlocking the creativity of the masses

With the launch of the iPhone last year (and the millions of dollars in ad spend around it), Apple did more for wireless data adoption than wireless carriers had in the last 10 years. With Thursday’s launch of the App … Continue reading

Posted in apple, apple tv, facebook, flickr, geotagging, gps, iphone, ipod, lbs, local search, mobile, mobile search, photography, social networking, twitter, where, wireless, wireless data, yelp | 3 Comments

Dash begins taking preorders

Dash is now taking preorders for its next-generation navigation system. It’s one of the biggest breakthroughs in navigation technology and points to a time when we’ll all be connected as we drive down the road at 65 mph. Unlike typical … Continue reading

Posted in dash, gps, lbs, local search, maps, mashups, satellite navigation | 3 Comments

The power of location in presence

I travel frequently and have friends scattered throughout the country. I usually do a bad job of keeping track of who is where, who has moved, etc. Last week I was in Boston. As I headed out to dinner, I … Continue reading

Posted in facebook, google, gps, lbs, maps, social networking, wireless, wireless data | 5 Comments

Rocky wuz here

Location-based services have been hampered by the balkanization of carrier networks and a focus on mobile-only implementations. LocPoke, a new Facebook application, is a promising alternative. I’ve written before about WHERE, a location service platform that has offered GPS-based location … Continue reading

Posted in facebook, gps, lbs, mobile, where, wireless, wireless data | 3 Comments

WHERE gets personal with easy-to-create custom widgets

I’ve written before about the WHERE platform, a location-based service platform that allows developers to create custom location applications. Now just about anyone can do it, with very little technical knowledge. You go to Google’s My Maps, plot your points … Continue reading

Posted in google, gps, lbs, maps, mobile, mobile search, where, wireless, wireless data | 6 Comments

The world’s atwitter about Twitter

You know you’ve made the big time when the Wall Street Journal writes about you. (Either that, or you’ve jumped the shark.) Twitter got a lot of love this week, both from the Journal and at the SXSW conference. Twitter … Continue reading

Posted in blogs, flickr, gps, instant messaging, lbs, mobile, social networking, twitter, web 2, web 2.0, where, wireless, wireless data | 11 Comments

WHERE in the world am I?

I needed to get out my rant about carriers locking up location services before I talk about WHERE. (They refer to themselves in all caps, and because I like the service, I’ll do the same.) WHERE is a platform that … Continue reading

Posted in gps, lbs, local search, mobile, mobile search, where, wireless, wireless data | 7 Comments