I’ve always liked this idea, and have repeatedly suggested it to friends and colleagues as a “cool thing” to watch out for. (Actually I think it first came up during one of those “Lets Start a dotcom” discussions that seemed to dominate pub debates a couple of years back. Funny how we don’t have those anymore!
My take on it was this: I’m in a new town and want to find someone decent to eat. Finding somewhere isn’t that hard. Finding somewhere worth visiting is another matter. How many times have you lurked outside a restaurant (usually with a group) collectively assessing the menu, decor, etc and trying to decide whether to actually go in?
So my thought was, what if I could post a message through a GPS aware mobile device which reviews that particular restaurant or pub (or any public location really)? Then other people can stand on the doorstep and read previous reviews. Or more likely a synthesized rating, after all we’re hungry right? Don’t want to stand around in the cold for too long.
There are all sorts of other potential uses. How about if you see an accident or a crime, and want to be a good citizen and be a witness? Being able to quickly blog your current position would not only confirm that you were where you said you were, but also help with reconstructions of the scene.
Russell also mentions the idea of virtual tours using SMS messaging. There’s a company here in Bath already doing this called Textploitation, they call them “Texting Trails“. Some former colleagues of mine (Jim and Alison) work there.
The reason I like the general premise here is that it allows us to being overlaying the virtual environment on the physical one.