Bliin Your LIVE!
August 23rd, 2008

Recently I found Bliin a social networking service using satellite positioning data, mobile phones and the internet. Using Bliin marks my first 2.0 experience with GPS satellite positioning systems and that’s quite a thrill for a nomadic worker.

Bliin enables users to be live all the time, anywhere in the world where there is mobile phone and internet coverage. Friends and family can follow every step you take but you decide who can ‘see’ you. Basically you use your mobile phone, with the software we provide, to tell where you are, to locate your fiends and to share photos, videos, text and audio files with them,” explains Stef Kolman, co-founder of bliin yourLIVE

Shares – photos, videos, text and audio files – are uploaded to the bliin website and tagged by satellite navigation data. Communications can be oriented around a user’s location to enable them to show friends and families where they are, what they are doing and what is going on in the vicinity.

Services like this have an enormous potential for social networks. Despite the effort it took me to grasp the thinking behind the concept I am already a fan of Bliin. Helpful in my learning process was the online support of the Bliin team. With patience they answered all my questions. The messaging option between users of this service is a strong feature. With the flat rate we have in Holland for mobile internet (as low as 8 euro a month for unlimited data use) it is in our country possible ‘to be always on’. Only when I pass the border and go to another country I turn GPS off. Otherwise the international tariffs for internet use can lead to extreme high bills.

Read more on bliins weblog about this powerful service or go to this article of the European Space Agency ESA and Elias Hazou’s short story on Cyprus mail about ‘making your virtual mark on the map’.

To fully experience it’s capabilities and use it within a social network I included the url of my user info to my Twitter bio. I will keep you posted about the actual experiences by Bliining My Life.

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