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May. 16th, 2005

Ok, I'm copying Shannon, and you (at least local) people should TOO!  If you live in or near San Francisco, go to Dodgeball.com(there are sites for other major cities as well.) and sign up.  The way it works is, when you're out on the town, you send a text to the site and, if any of your friends have checked in nearby, it will notify you.  I think that's pretty cool.  Anyway, my user name there is Democritus, or you can search for my name to add me.

Q: What is it?
A: dodgeball.com is a social networking site built specifically for mobile phones.

Q: What does it do?
A: The idea is simple: tell us where you are and we'll tell you who and what is around you.
We'll ping your friends with your whereabouts, let you know when friends-of-friends are within
10 blocks or alert you if any of your crushes are nearby.

Q: Give me an example.
A: Okay, so you're having drinks at Luna Lounge. Send us a text message telling us where you
are and we'll fire off a text message to all your friends telling them where they can find you.
If we find any friends-of-friends within 10 blocks, we'll ping you with their whereabouts too.
If you have a camera phone, we'll even send
you their picture.

Q: How do I use it?
A: Whenever you're out, use your mobile phone to send a text message to "sf@dodgeball.com" with a
"@" and then the name of the bar, restaurant or park you're at. e.g. @Luna Lounge, @Bowery Bar. When
we get your text message, we'll check to see if there's anyone you know nearby.

Q: So, how do you know who my friends are?
A: You need to tell us who your friends are, just like you did with those other social networking sites.

Q: So how is this different than those other social networking sites?
A: dodgeball.com is designed to help you meet up with friends and friends-of-friends while
you're out, not while you're sitting at home in front of your computer. Try "checking-in" the
next time you meet up with friends for drinks and see who you end up meeting up with.


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May. 16th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)

Oh yea, I'm psycat90.

No big surprise there.
May. 16th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
Very cool! I'm signing up now and will post this in my journal shortly. :) Wheeeeee!
May. 16th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
Madison, WI has a site, but Baltimore doesn't? The site had to have been set up by a West-Coaster who thinks it's just a Washington, DC suburb. ;)
May. 16th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
Ok, can you three explain what is so cool about this? I'm failing to see the appeal.

The next time I visit the city I'm supposed to check in whenever I go somewhere and maybe a friend of a friend will show up and want to hang out?

Is there any use in this other than for people who spend a lot of time hanging out in bars?
May. 16th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
Well I know that Shan and I have narrowly missed people in the city quite a few times just because we had no idea we were near each other.
May. 17th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
Well, yea, maybe a friend of a friend, but maybe a friend.

Like Vince said, usually most of our Bay Area friends know when we'll be in the city, but not always, and sometimes someone could be just a block or two away at the same time.

So, it's just a way to check in and say "hey. we're over here, where are you? blah, blah."

I think it's kind of neat.
May. 17th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not trying to rain on anybody's parade. I figured that was what you were liking about it, but wondered if there was some benefit I was missing.

It's just a difference of temperment. I don't like unscheduled encounters, even with good friends, so sending an open ended broadcast definitely isn't for me. Plus, on the other side I probably wouldn't notice I had a text message for days or weeks after I received it (80% of the time I don't even hear it ring unless I am expecting a call).
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