[Geowanking] BlockChalk - simple API for proximity-based messaging
stlhood at blockchalk.com
Sat Jan 9 10:34:56 PST 2010
Hi again everyone --
FYI, we just launched a native iPhone app for BlockChalk. It's in the
App Store, here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blockchalk/id346823470?mt=8
BlockChalk is now native on iPhone and Palm webOS, and works in the
browser on Android and iPhone via HTML5/Gears. We have native apps
coming for Android and Blackberry next.
Please let me know if you have any thoughts about ways to use
BlockChalk or improve our API (http://blockchalk.com/developers).
Would really appreciate and value any feedback from this group!
Happy New Year,
On Dec 17, 2009, at 9:46 AM, Stephen Hood wrote:
> Hi everyone --
> I've been lurking here for a while but now have something relevant
> to share and would love your feedback...
> I've created a system for proximity-based messaging called
> BlockChalk. Point your iPhone or Android browser to http://blockchalk.com
> to see the HTML5 mobile web client. There's also a webOS app for
> Palm Pre/Pixi and an iPhone app on the way (currently in Apple's
> approval process) which adds a bunch of capabilities.
> There is a very easy API (http://blockchalk.com/developers) that
> gives you full read and write access to the underlying platform.
> BlockChalk lets you leave messages where you're standing and view
> messages left by other people in your immediate vicinity or current
> neighborhood (as calculated from your mobile device's GPS coords).
> The goal I'm building towards is enabling conversations and
> transactions between neighbors while retaining control over how much
> identity and location information is shared at any given time.
> Right now the system is anonymous (you don't even need to sign up)
> and it deals less with exact locations and more with regions of
> proximity, like "this block, "within a few blocks", and "in the
> Mission District".
> So far the main consumers of our API have been our own native client
> apps, but we're starting to see outside use and want to amplify it.
> I'd love to hear what you guys think and any suggestions or ideas
> you might have.
> Thanks and enjoy!
> Stephen Hood
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