Fly your Brightkite: free invites
Posted on 5 May 2008 by Jason Keath
This entry was cross-posted at DesignCharlotte.org.
Yeah, I know, “Another social networking site?”
Bear with me. BrightKite.com has a cool twist. Think Twitter (network-based micro-blogging) combined with Google Maps. The short of it is you can see your network on an actual map.
“Brightkite enables location-based community and friendships on the fly. Discover social communities around your favorite venue, restaurant, park etc… Explore who is there, who was there, what they are saying, photos are posting, etc.”
And, yes, you have complete control over showing where you are (if at all) and to whom. Also, there are certain cell phones and services that have rolled out similar services, but Brightkite is the first one that crosses over to all the networks and cellphones, and works without a cellphone through their network.
The site launched less than two weeks ago, and you have to get an invite to take part for now. It has taken off just through invites, with no marketing yet. I see cool potential here and want to see Charlotte take part as a community of early adopters. The more locals on the site, the more fun the site will be for everyone.
- update your location as an address, zipcode, city, longitude/latitude, etc.
- update via email, website, or through the simplest text messaging
- iPhone owners have been a big part of Brightkite’s early growth
- an iPhone site is coming soon
- GPS integration is coming (maybe when the GPS-enabled iPhone 2.0 drops)
- API is coming very soon (within a couple of weeks)
- target demographic was 15–25 year old, but has had larger than expected 25+ growth
- a couple early hiccups include major Verizon issues and T-Mobile lagging
Leave a comment below, make sure we have your email address, and we’ll send you an invite. Or send us a DM on Twitter @cltblog. Thanks to BrightKite for giving us a few extra invites for the Charlotte area!