Why Location Awareness Will Make the Web More Useful

21 thoughts on “Why Location Awareness Will Make the Web More Useful”

  1. Om,

    Where’s GPS enabled search inside the browser. Why can we not share our location via the browser with ANY web service out there. I mean how hard can it be to solve this problem. You keep writing about location and yet I never see any mention of it being used INSIDE the browser which is where everyone lives these days. Fire Eagle is fine – but what do the Enterprise use? Where are the tools that enable them to extend their current web services to mobile devices?

    Peter

  2. I can see how that would be useful in some respects for local information–but big brother closes on in even tighter I fear. But it’s going to happen anyway–the ave person is on camera for a large part of the day anyway. We might as well get some hyper-relevant content and have some fun with it.

  3. I have said it before, and I will say it again. The killer app, locatively speaking is marrying status updating with location, as this opens the door to all sorts of context-aware services, like: local friend finder/lookup and hookup; event-aligned social services; real-time hyper local news; hyper local advertising.

    For more fodder on the topic, here is a blog post that I wrote called:

    “Right Here Now” services: weaving a real-time web around status
    http://bit.ly/i40h

    Check it out, if interested.

    Mark

  4. Careful! The internet (web) is a tremendous equalizer. Regardless of your background, social-economic status, color, profession, etc, everybody has access to basically the same types and number of resources. Location has the potential to change this dramatically. Location-based rules (redlining) has been used in the past at the expense of the poor. Is that what we really want for the internet? Even though advertisers may lust for it, is it really in the public interest?

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