Brightkite, Another LBS for 5800ersFiled Under Nokia 5800 Applications
LBS what? If that’s what on your mind after reading the title of this post, let us throw some light on it. LBS stands for Location Based Services and it’s all the rage in almost every mobile platform today. There is Google’s Latitude, then Foursquare and now the latest fad is Brightkite.
Brightkite has slowly creeped into the seemingly crowded LBS apps on the web and it now boasts of an enviable user base. Further with official applications in Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Symbian, the Brightkite team has ensured that you stay connected to their servers, irrespective of the mobile platform you are loyal to. So what makes this service click? Let’s find out after the break.
If you hadn’t heard about Brightkite, we suggest you take a look at their portal, which we must say does a good job of explaining the basics of the service. What we love about this service, is you don’t have to actually sign-up for an account with Brightikite, thanks to Facebook connect. The app is a good ensemble of all the features you would ever need in an LBS app.
What we like?
- Intuitive homescreen
- Checking-in is intuitive and fast
What we don’t like?
- Signing in with Facebook adds random alphanumeric characters to your Brightkite screen-name
Brightkite is an amazing LBS app, no second thoughts about it. While we are definitely impressed by the user-friendliness of the app, we are kinda worried about the overdose of LBS apps on our 5800s. I mean each time we stop by a new or a happening place we like check-in on one of the LBS apps but the number of apps keeps growing by the day, and we have to make a choice on which to use and which not. Sometimes it’s your friend circle who will decide for you, for there is no fun in having no friends in your favorite LBS app. Having said that, we should add that we are staying with Brightkite for its ubiquitous presence across all mobile platforms and integration with other networking services.