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July 11, 2008

Instant messaging with place recognition

INTERNATIONAL – Instant messaging has reared its head in many guises on mobile, from standard IM, to text message versions (SMS Chat for S60 3rd edition and Conversation), and multi-service solutions such as IM+. But today Nokia Beta Labs, released the first beta version Nokia Chat, the first IM app to use GPS to pinpoint the location of you and your friends.

The idea is that you can use Nokia Chat to do ‘old-fashioned’ instant messaging, but also engage with your friends on another level by sharing your location, sending them updates and arranging to meet via Nokia Maps.

This adds an interesting new twist on the whole IM scene, but is this something you’re keen to see included. I’m sitting on the fence at the moment, because I can currently appreciate the argument for it feeling, well, a little creepy. But on the flip-side, the fact remains you’re in total control. We’re going to be putting Nokia Chat through it’s paces as a team to see how the experience feels.

What do you think to GPS-enabled instant messaging. Good or bad? If you try Nokia Chat, let us know how you get on with it. Post your thoughts in the comment section below.