Heard LBS, the short form of Location-Based Service? As the term suggests, a location-based or location-enabled service is one where information is
accessible with mobile devices through the mobile network and utilizing the ability to make use of the geographical position of the mobile device.
Now you may wonder what is that, and if some experts say that LBS is going to be the biggest buzz in 2010, you’ll further wonder why the hell! Except that the buzz is already in action in full force.
A month and a half back as the New Year just about dawned on us, John Jantsch wrote this article that titled, 7 Reasons Why Small Businesses Should Take a Look at Foursquare.
The ‘big picture’ that John presented about Foursquare is that it is
a location enabled service that allows users to “check in” when they stop at a bar, restaurant, park, bookstore or really anywhere they want to list. The service further allows users to connect with friends and alert them of your location if you choose.
Although Foursquare is most popular in the US, it is fast catching up in continental Europe, and also in SE Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, etc.
In his article John predicts that Foursquare will be either Facebook’s or Google’s before the year is over. Looks like his prediction will become true much quicker, what with the launch of Google Buzz. Only the predator is unlikely to be Google.
Yesterday Google Buzz debuted and has almost instantly become the talk of the ‘web’ town. I already have several buzz followers in my Gmail accounts.
But what levels the ground between Foursquare and Google Buzz is the latter’s mobile app. Type in ‘buzz.google.com‘ in your phone browser and start buzzing. See the video below.
Who knows, this one may be the real clincher of 2010!