Do you live in a Social Local Mobile world?

I don’t know about you, but I am not surrounded by friends walking around toting GPS-enabled smartphones on the same social networks looking to hook up for coffee or sushi. And I certainly I do not go out to dinner with a dozen friends who pay the same check with the same mobile app from the same bank. Who lives like that?

I have been a longtime believer in Social – Local – Mobile — SoLoMo — and have experienced it on rare occasion, but no critical mass of adopters have made it part of my world. I suppose it might catch on someday, but I’ve had too many techie dreams dashed by lack of adoption by anyone I knew. Do you remember having a Palm device with IR that could beam contact info to people you met? Did you ever actually do it? Did you ever have a Sidekick that could send contact info over Bluetooth? Did you ever find anyone who could actually use it? The few times I tried it, it took me longer to teach my contact how to do it than if I had tattooed their number on the back of my hand in my own blood.

After I got a G1 four years ago, I tried Google Latitude and got three, count ’em, three contacts to sign up. Two of them lived out-of-state. Then there was Bump and now there’s Beam, but who uses it? I have a Galaxy Nexus, and I don’t even know anyone to Beam with. I guess that’s what I get for not having friends who wear black rimmed glasses and hang out in the Android store. So you see, I have been trying to go SoLoMo for over a decade now; my world just hasn’t embraced it.

Now there are all these SoLoMo startups with cute ads featuring people keeping in touch with their social-local-mobile apps — people living in a world where people actually spend time on anything but Facebook. My question is: Who are these people? Where are they? Are you one of them? Please, tell this Earthling what it’s like.

Comments welcome

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s