Going Plazes

by Lilia Efimova on 13 October 2004

I’m not a big fun of joining YASNs just for the sake of it, but my discovery of Plazes has a little story behind it.

I guess I heard about it first in a conversation about geotagging weblogs between Martin and Rick. Then I’ve got an invitation from Matt, registered, but was too lazy to install Plazes launcher that you need to make it work. Then the story took a funny twist. I was looking for a WiFi in Florence, found Ben’s office at Plazes and as a results of some out-of-the-blue emailing had a pleasure of meeting Ben Hammersley. Today, reading about social networking and logging physical proximity in a paper by my colleague I thought of it and decided to give it a try. I guess my adoption process took around 1 month, so I wonder if I’d qualify as an early adopter :)

Anyway, I’m there now:


Once you are online and logged in Plazes show your location and allow you to see where are others. I guess it’s interesting in several cases:

  • knowing where are your friends (yes, it’s YASN as well :)
  • knowing who is at the same plaze – just think of the all great possibilities to meet new people at conferences and geeky encounters in cafes in strange cities :)
  • knowing about interesting plazes around (including those with free WiFi) as you can search for plazes within different radius

I added it to my homepage and will see how it works… So far I added it to my home page. Not sure if I’ll keep it there as it seems to make loading a bit slower (have to check it) and shows me plazeless from time to time. Anyway, it’s still beta, so hopefully it will improve.

Features I’d love to see in the future:

  • friends porting/discovery, so I don’t have to struggle in one more YASN discovering which friends are there (btw, if you are there you can add me – I’m there as mathemagenic)
  • ability to hide the exact plaze and show only the city where I am (because sometimes I want a bit of privacy :)
  • calendar – ability to show my future plazes (e.g. travel plans), probably at the city level as well (because I can’t know in advance specific locations I may be in

Plazes adoption graph See also:

Archived version of this entry is available at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2004/10/13.html#a1383; comments are here.

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