Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Yesterday, Michael and Craig from Where I've Been had the fantastic opportunity of interviewing with Nick O'Neill from Social Times. In this interview, Michael and Craig highlight Where I've Been's previous goals and where they are planning to take the company. O'Neill poses the crucial question regarding W.I.B's future, comparing it to other travel apps on the web.
O'Neill: "There are a lot of social utilities... or social websites... like Where are you Now? ... that let you say where you are going on upcoming trips and it kind of notifies your friends of your location..."
Dalesandro: "Yes, and that's exactly what we're looking at... what we are trying to do besides that in the next generation, is really bring this local element into it... you'll be able to invite your friends to a restaurant on a Friday night."
Michael adds that Where I've Been is moving forward from what countries / cities / states users have previously visited, to what neighborhood / restaurant users would like to go to.
He also mentions WIB's position on the iPhone platform. Dalesandro states, "We have a business model. We have a community now, we just have to give the community what they want.... and bringing that to the mobile device, I think is .... we have to get there sooner than later." Since WIB has such an active user community, the application is in a great position to succeed for users who wish to access WIB on a mobile device.
O'Neill touches upon a few of the key topics from the F8 conference (see previous post 'F6? F7? No...no...no F8!'), such as the recently launched feature Facebook Connect, which allows any website to connect to facebook to get a user's information. Craig states that WIB will benefit from this new feature in various ways - it will allow users to post and tag images which will pop up in the Facebook news feed.
To see the interview in writing, click here
To listen to the audio version, click here
Posted by Where I've Been at 2:20 PM