Tag Archive for 'Plazes'

Farewell, Plazes


So, das war’s dann, Plazes. Die alten Pfade sind nun heruntergeladen und migriert. Mach’s gut. Und danke für den Fisch.

My Plazes Worldmap

New Plazes Beta greets me with:

* Member since May 2005
* Plazed 6851 times at 164 Plazes in 64 cities and 12 countries

In addition Plazes shows all my activities on a world map. I like that feature coming back now. In the good old days of Plazes they had an maps integration with IndyJunior. Now we have a nice Google map.

Can´t wait to test the new Plazer which will be released soon – hopefully.

Update: 4 hours later the New Plazes is live.

Nokia buys Plazes

When I first discovered Plazes back in 2005 I immediatly liked the idea of a „navigation system for your social life„. I became a kind of heavy user and blogged many times about my Plazes experience. Meanwhile Plazes logged 175 places I have visted all over the world and tons of activities. It has become a huge map of my social life. But unfortunately many users from my buddylist disappeared in the last year, some stopped using Plazes at all, and lots of other companies seem to be out there ready to start similar services.

Now today in the morning Plazes announced a deal with Nokia. Nokia acquires Plazes. Congratulations, Plazes Team! I love this news not only because I like the idea of Plazes but because you are a Berlin based company.

I hope we will see now fresh innovation, a new fresh Plazes which is in Beta now – and a new Plazer 🙂

People, Plazes, Things

Just a few weeks ago I discovered Geobloggers – and started tagging some of my pictures on flickr manualy. Until yet Geobloggers did not pick up the rest of my pictures via the RSS feed, but they are working on it. Meanwhile Steve has published a script that automates the tagging of pictures, based on the Greasemonkey extension for Firefox. So lets wait for Europe beeing available in Google Maps – in the meantime my European pictures will still remain right in the middle of nowhere.

There is another service I discovered while reading about geotagging. Plazes , the „navigation system for your social live“, is a cool site that allows users to register access points to physical locations. Plazes will come out with a flickr integration, featuring automated adding of geo-coordinates from the Plazes Launcher and annotating it to your pictures.

In addition, Plazes has just added a tracking features that uses IndyJunior maps to visualize where you’ve been based on locations from which you have logged into Plazes. The result is a documentation of my current trips through Germany:

Well, this feature is really funny – but it scares me too. The vision of 1984 was the total control by the government. In 2005 we can see very clear: Its not the government. We give away our data without beeing forced – and very often we do it unsolicited and voluntarily.