Monday, November 27, 2006

Meetro: Interesting new IM

I been playing around with meetro, this new instant messenger (IM) that has a very interesting concept - it shows you other users who are near you geographically.

I am sure many of you know about the website WhoLivesNearYou.com; well this is basically the same concept implemented in an instant messenger. You register, giving your address, and it immediately retrieves other users who are closest to you. You can even sort the users in terms of their distance from you (km or miles) .Here is a screenshot:



It supposedly allows you to connect to your favourite IMs as well like ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, MSN and GoogleTalk, but unfortunately I couldn't get it to connect to Yahoo Messenger or MSN. Sent feedback to the team, but no response as of yet.

My overall impression is that it's a very cool idea, and a great tool for those who are into online dating or who like to meet people off the net, you get to know people who are actually physically close to where you are. However it's fairly new, so I couldn't find many people near me, or even in Singapore for that matter. But that should change as it becomes more popular.

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