New Plazes beta

I've been beta testing a new version ofthe Plazeslauncher (now called "Plazer").  The Plazes team grantedpermission to blog about the beta over the weekend, so here we are.I have been a fan of Plazes since discoveringit six months ago.  Withthe diversity and quantity of my travel, it's been a great way for coworkers,customers, even family to track where I am at any given time.  Andits concept of "place-based awareness" is very much in sync withwork going on for LotusSametime 7.5 -- where my locationis now advertised along with my status, thus allowing co-workers to knowwhere I am as well as my avaiilability.The new Plazer streamlines plazemanagement in a lot of ways.  It provides a local UI, rather thana web page, to manage my status.What's more interesting about the newPlazes is that it is becoming a more effective tool for finding other people. Like Meetro,Plazes now gives the user proximity tools -- who is nearby and where arethey.  When I was in Europe two weeks ago, I noticed this a lot --people right nearby when I was at my hotel in Stockholm, for example.If you are interested in using plazes,please letme know and I'll invite you. Sure, you could just go to the plazes homepage and sign up, but sendinginvites increases one's "karma points" score.  I can see this concept reaching critical mass and leading to impromptugeekdinners/meetups.  Location-based awareness is becoming more andmore useful for real-time business.(Note: Comment count busticated on thispost, no idea why.)

I've been beta testing a new version of the Plazes launcher (now called "Plazer").  The Plazes team granted permission to blog about the beta over the weekend, so here we are.

I have been a fan of Plazes since discovering it six months ago.  With the diversity and quantity of my travel, it's been a great way for coworkers, customers, even family to track where I am at any given time.  And its concept of "place-based awareness" is very much in sync with work going on for Lotus Sametime 7.5 -- where my location is now advertised along with my status, thus allowing co-workers to know where I am as well as my avaiilability.


Image:New Plazes beta

The new Plazer streamlines plaze management in a lot of ways.  It provides a local UI, rather than a web page, to manage my status.

Image:New Plazes beta

What's more interesting about the new Plazes is that it is becoming a more effective tool for finding other people.  Like Meetro, Plazes now gives the user proximity tools -- who is nearby and where are they.  When I was in Europe two weeks ago, I noticed this a lot -- people right nearby when I was at my hotel in Stockholm, for example.

Image:New Plazes beta

If you are interested in using plazes, please let me know and I'll invite you.  Sure, you could just go to the plazes homepage and sign up, but sending invites increases one's "karma points" score.  

I can see this concept reaching critical mass and leading to impromptu geekdinners/meetups.  Location-based awareness is becoming more and more useful for real-time business.

(Note: Comment count busticated on this post, no idea why.)

Originally by Ed Brill from Ed Brill on March 27, 2006, 7:39am

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