Location-based Social Network Globme Goes Beta

By on June 27, 2008

Two days ago, I wrote in this blog about a location-based social network named xrosspath (read hear). Globme, a service created by a Taiwan-based company, is almost similar to the offerings of xrosspath.

Globme Front Page

Each Globme’s member will have a profile page, which display their photo, list of contacts (friends), Google Map, posted events displayed in timeline format, and list of recent updates (event posted and other comments on their postings). In your profile page, there’s a button for others to add you as friends (see below sample of a profile page).

Globme Profile Page

Similar to xrosspath, users add events at Globme by providing details like description of the event and when & where the event took place. Once you create an event post, you can add photos relevant to the event and you & others can comment on the events. The site also have a ranking system, where a person is ranked based on the number of other users commenting on his/her event posting.

Globme

Add Event at Globme

These logged events are viewable by other users and are used for users to discover one another. To make new friends, you find events close to you (and you can define the search radius from where you are).

Discover Events Near You

Currently, this Taiwan-based social network is in Beta 0.1 stage (a few steps in front of xrosspath, which is still in Preview stage) with a handful rough edges to be smoothened.

There are some similarities between Globme and xrosspath. Both sites use logged events to facilitate social networking and both also require users to log their events, in terms of where and when.

One notable difference is the way the social networking approach. Globme uses map-based approach, where user search for ‘events’ near to where they are. From these events, users can discover friends. xrosspath uses its ‘geekish’ xrossfinity and display them in family-tree format (and you can see with whom you’ve crossed path with).

On a more subtle aspect, xrosspath users log their life events and use these events to discover whose path their paths intertwined with. With these discoveries, social networking take place. For Globme, users log their events for other to search them out and also allows other users to comment on their events (the more people comment on their events, they will climb up the Popular Users ranking).

As mentioned in my xrosspath’s post, logging of events must be as simple as possible. For location-based social networks, in addition for providing micro blog entry of an event, users also need to enter time/location. This additional step may discourage usage, once the novelty wears off.






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