SXSW starts today in Austin, and everyone’s looking to connect. If you’re there, you might like to meet up with people you only know from online or with colleagues and friends from far away. If you’re not there, you might like to vicariously experience the fun by tracking what your favorite people are doing.
How do you find them and figure out what they’re doing? One good way is by text messaging, especially if it’s enhanced with broadcast, group, and other capabilities along the lines of a Twitter or a Dodgeball. There are a bunch of services that take you beyond simply sending a “hey there” or “where are you?” message to your best friend. They let you tell people where you are and what you’re doing, find people near you, and make plans for meeting up.
Library clips has put together an extensive list of group SMS services for mobile social networking. Here are a few of the more interesting ones:
Jyngle – one to many closed alert system, this is a true group SMS service. You can also send group voice messages.
From the webform post an SMS, upload an audio file, record a message or text to voice.
From your phone send an SMS, dial a number and record a voicemail.
Receive alerts just by SMS or voicemail….
txtGroups – create a private/public group to send an SMS to multiple from your phone…you can also send from the web, a widget or IM. It doesn’t say if people can reply, but it does give a great scenario of a teacher SMS’g students that class has been cancelled….
Swarmit – one to many system (except for replies), invite people by email or SMS, send a message from the web, email or phone to a group, people can reply to the group…the receivers can choose to receive the message as an email, IM, or SMS. All messages, replies and contacts are available on the web….
Groovr – a mobile social network where you can SMS your presence, or SMS your location (check in), locate your friends last check in, comment on a place, check in back home, create and check in to a private place.
Shout Outs are broadcasted to all of your friends who are currently checked into locations.
Widgets so people know your Groovr location from other sites, eg. blog sidebar.
Also has groups or should I say Groops….
Socialight – location blogging within a social network (also mobile version), basically every blog post has to be about a location, beside your blog post is a map with a sticky note. This way you can look at the general web map, and check out the sticky notes from all users at a given location. They also have channels. (I think this is how it works). Use the mobile web version or by SMS or email (send sticky notes via your phone, SMS/email your location to find sticky notes, SMS email your location).
What do you use to keep in touch and connect when you’re mobile?