Nokia acquires location-based Twitter rival

by admin June 23, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Nokia on Monday revealed that it has acquired Plazes, a small German software startup. The deal gives access to a self-titled social activity app and website that adds both time and location to short, Twitter-like updates; users can not only pinpoint their present locations while they supply a short text message but also coordinate events for the future, setting a future event with a map marker that lets friends coordinate meetups in advance.

The cellphone designer is clear about its intentions and plans to add the resources from Plazes to its cellphones’ “social presence and time-based activity planning features,” pointing to the creation of a Nokia alternative to Twitter as well as a more direct competitor to Loopt and similar map-based services.

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