Wireless Wonders

No news, just comment about mobile phones and services, from a veteran practitioner...3G, GPRS, WAP, Bluetooth, WiFi, etc...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Social Networking with a Mobile...

With all the various networking tools (e.g. Linked In) and other ways to interact with each other via the Web, it seems an obvious idea to extend this to the mobile. It would be great to allow swapping of "business cards" via Bluetooth, which is already possible, but to allow Web services to tag themselves on to the card. For example, if I'm in Linked In, then by swapping a business card with another Linked In user, the Linked In service would be able to detect this swap and make a link. An app on the phone could detect business cards and pass this up to a network service which does the necessary "registration" with Linked In.

The idea need not be limited to swapping via Bluetooth. Users who connect via any means, such as IM, could swap cards.

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At 3:40 AM, Blogger Anders Borg said...

Yup, I've noticed the same need.

If you could send the vCard to LinkedIn it could then pull down that person's complete info and register the swap at the same time.

I don't think many phones can do that today though, out of the box.

A standalone application could handle this, by accessing the phonebook and communicate the info with LinkedIn.

At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Stuart Oliver said...

Nice blog.

Given that bluetooth has a location/geopgraphic dimension implicitly through it's range; how about an app on your mobile that told you if you were near a member of your network, or perhaps someone with a public profile that contains keywords that you are interested in. Just a couple of ideas, there's plenty more!


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