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Social Networking From Your Cell

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the narccissim-gone-wild dept.

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A small startup VCEL (Virtual Communication Expression & Lifestyle) has unveiled a new social networking service for cell phones. All you need to do to keep in contact with your friends 24/7 is to create a profile with their website, download a Java application for your cell phone (more than 20 models are supported already), and send an invitation to your buddies. Here we go: you can exchange comments, pictures, plan on activities together, etc. You'd have the same control over your profile either from phone or from web browser. They have a nice Java applet for your page, so you can leave your buddies a voice message right from your computer and so on.

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143 comments

Let me guess... (2, Informative)

pugdk (697845) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188016)

US only?

Re:Let me guess... (3, Interesting)

romit_icarus (613431) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188034)

Abosulutely bang on! Any mobile phone service from the US sounds a bit primitive. Even the list of phone models mentioned is so limited....

Re:Let me guess... (1)

IlliniECE (970260) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188063)

Heh! We should be enamored by such a new service in the US. Not only does our stuff suck more, but we have to wait 3 years until after it debuts in South Korea to get it--at which point its really quite obsolete.

Re:Let me guess... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15188103)

Even the list of phone models mentioned is so limited....

Yeah, "more than 20 models"... That's less than a third of Cingular's official line up alone.

Re:Let me guess... (2, Funny)

badfish99 (826052) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188348)

That's the beauty of Java. Write once, doesn't run anywhere.

Re:Let me guess... (1)

larytet (859336) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188347)

gomyplace.com will eventually do all this without Java ..and open source, of course

In any case... (2, Funny)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188385)

If I were to remain in contact with my friends 24/7, I'm fairly sure they wouldn't remain friends for very long. And they would probably feel likewise about me.

Re:Let me guess... (1)

FaytLeingod (964131) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188360)

OK word from South Africa (ya third world country) we have something called MXIT and mig33 both are similar to chat rooms and cost less than 2c (thats south acrican currency work it out $1 = R6) to a message with all the normal functionality

Re:Let me guess... (1)

tanek (876501) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188398)

US only?

Yep! There is no entry for Country in the registration page, nor any non-US cell phone companies in the dropdown box.

Move on, nothing to see here.

Re:Let me guess... (1)

Achromatic1978 (916097) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188518)

Nokia has Sensor [nokia.com] , which has the downside of being only available on their phones, but the 'upside' of being available to anyone using Bluetooth. Slightly different concept, admittedly, but at least more generic and a lot less primitive.

welcome to 2006 (1)

weeeeed (675324) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188764)

I would like to welcome the USofA to the 21st century.

What exactly is wrong about http://www.bluepulse.com/ [bluepulse.com] which works for anyone in the world?

As a added bonus, you can chat on MSN and Aim/ICQ, get news feeds and it has an api for developing your own extensions. works with most Wap and Java (MIDP1 and 2), Symbian enabled phones...

Terrific (3, Funny)

IlliniECE (970260) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188021)

Splendid! Yet another way to watch my friends leave their accounts idle or away for months at a time.

Great (3, Insightful)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188025)

Facebook.com isn't distracting enough already. Now I can assure that my productively plummets to the Earth's core.

Re:Great (1)

c_forq (924234) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188054)

Why hasn't that happened to you already? You know there if a facebook for mobile phones now, allowing you to message friends, write on walls, poke people and even add friends (why you would send a facebook message from your cell phone instead of a text message I do not understand, but whatever).

Re:Great (1)

massivefoot (922746) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188055)

Hehe, yey, Facebook! Although if you're not at Oxbridge, the chance of your uni in the UK being on it are slim.

Re:Great (1)

mattwarden (699984) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188067)

I really, really don't understand what the hell it is that people do on facebook. I had an account for a year and a half and all it has ever gotten me is people in real life bitching about how I didn't accept their stupid friend request yet. What the hell is wrong with you people?

Re:Great (1)

Umbral Blot (737704) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188298)

If you are so worried about productivity you could always ... not use it.

To Join (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188027)

http://vcellvibes.com/vcel_register.php [vcellvibes.com]

Or at least that link works for me.

I wonder what the MySpace stuff is about? Are they going to auto-spam everyone you're friends with on MySpace? The TOS & FAQ say nothing about it AFAIK.

Re:To Join (1)

andreyw (798182) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188036)

Remarkably enough, that had not happened with Facebook. They even went so far as to use images instead of text for email addresses, just so they couldn't be collected by bots.

But yes, this idea is even worse than Facebook from the P.O.V. of getting any work done at all :).

Re:To Join (3, Informative)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188074)

Answered my own question about the MySpace biz.

http://pub.vcel.net/how.aspx [vcel.net]
Apparently you'll be able to check your MySpace profile for updates, amongst other things.

http://www.vcel.net/vcel_contact.php [vcel.net]
One of their Board of Advisors is David Rogan - President Cisco Systems Capitol, Vice President of Finance at Cisco Systems?

I don't know what to make of that.

just what we need... (2, Funny)

daddyrief (910385) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188039)

'Myspace 2.0'

Sweet! (2, Insightful)

Lord Aurora (969557) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188044)

Or...you could...just...go talk to them. That's what me and my friends* do. *(Term used loosely)

Why?! (3, Insightful)

pen (7191) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188045)

Ok, here are the three main drawbacks I can think of so far:
  1. Signing up seems to take place on a web site. This rules out being accessible to people who don't have computers or Internet access -- the only benefit I could imagine for this service.
  2. My cell phone has a tiny screen. I won't even bother to elaborate on this.
  3. I pay per-kilobyte charges for network traffic. Social networking just isn't important enough to pay for.

Better use for phones in social networking (3, Informative)

b0r1s (170449) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188112)

A better use is vobbo's [vobbo.com] video blog + video phone [vobbo.com] integration, where you can post pictures and video from the phone to the web. Don't try to type with a silly keypad, don't try to view video/picture on limited resolution, use it as an input device and get back to using the web the way you meant to all along.

Get the media online quickly and easily, that's what people really seem to care about, anyway.

Re:Why?! (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188115)

This rules out being accessible to people who don't have computers or Internet access"

you have friends without computers or internet access?!

Re:Why?! (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188422)

you have friends without computers or internet access?!

I know this is Slashdot, but not all nerds are IT nerds.

Apart from those in my own area (molecular biology but former sysprog) I know geeks who are into classical archaeology, mediaeval history and South-East Asian anthropology.

Computers and the internet often only figure in their world as a tool, unlike those of us for whom they are a major part of headspace.

Re:Why?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15188173)

#1 - obviously this is targed toward people who aren't always near a computer. I know that's a difficult concept for /. ers. Imagine being at school or work on your way to lunch, and you check your phone to see who's where. You see that your friend's status is "bored". You call him up and go get something to eat.

Or, you check his public tasks and see that he's on his way to pick up some concert tickets. You message him and ask him to pick one up for you. Or, you're at that concert and you can't find your friends. You check the status and see that they are at stage two. Lots of possibilities.

#2 & #3 - if you had more interesting things to view online, you would buy a better phone with an unlimited data plan. Or you would put up with the small screen.

Data Plans Too Expensive == Cause (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188828)

I pay per-kilobyte charges for network traffic. Social networking just isn't important enough to pay for.

This is why this and all other "online on your phone" ventures are going to fail (adoption wise), until the phone companies stop raping people on data rates.

The only people who can afford this kind of thing right now are business users with data plans to keep in touch with the office. Thus, these companies are excluding the fastest growing segment of cellphone users (tweens, teens and young adults), which would also be the largest segment of users of this software, before it even gets off the ground.

You should be able to get unlimited data on your cell for 9.95. You can't use your cell for any real work anyway, the latency is horrid and makes even surfing WAP pages butt slow. Until the price point comes down they're never going to see any market penetration.

Social networking is out (4, Insightful)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188046)

There are only so many friends that any one person has. Friends of friends make for interesting conversation, but ultimately there is no relationship friends of friends. Extend that even further outwards towards friends of friends of friends and you are now talking about perfect strangers. It's like playing the Kevin Bacon game, but without any of the fun.

What is the benefit of having a huge social network if you're not directly linked to the people who are in the network? It's not like you can call them up and crash at their place. More time should be spent cultivating actual relationships and not trying to make a game out of creating links where none actually exist.

The real next boom in cellphone software services is mobile blogging. Snap a shot while walking and upload and comment on the picture.

Re:Social networking is out (1)

Lord Aurora (969557) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188057)

No no no, the real next boom in cellphone software services is mobile porn.

A sexual revolution. Part 2 (2, Funny)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188195)

Sort of, you're closer than you think however. The *Real* next boom in cell phone services is sexual profiling. Follow me for a moment...

Imagine having everything on your cell phone. Hell, even your genetic profile. On this cell phone, you would have your stated likes and dislikes much like a match.com or eharmony profile. Also, you would have your sexual profile available too. From here, you could walk down the street into a mall or bar. Within movements, your cell phone would vibrate the closer you got to a potential prospect. If you're lucky, you would be fucking your brains out in the next 10 minutes...

Welcome to the new western sexual revolution. It's coming. Are you ready? Is society ready???

Re:A sexual revolution. Part 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15188324)

Within movements, your cell phone would vibrate the closer you got to a potential prospect. If you're lucky, you would be fucking your brains out in the next 10 minutes...

And if you're unlucky, she already got off from the vibration.
 

Re:A sexual revolution. Part 2 (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188434)

Scary stuff, that. Imagine if someone nicked your phone...

If it ever gets that bad, I think I'll throw my phone away and start keeping carrier pigeons.

;-)

Re:A sexual revolution. Part 2 (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188482)

Well, I do find the idea of promiscuality to be most unsettling. Not only do I find it immoral, but the advent of rapid AIDS exposure will literally cripple (if not devastate) entire developed nations around the world. Now don't get me wrong. I fully support individual freedom, but I also must stress the possible ramifications that come with it.

For all you heartless bastards out there, I have good news. Evolutions will wipe out the thoughtless and careless (stupid) among our population.

Re:A sexual revolution. Part 2 (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188612)

Whoa, your cellphone could store your MHC type.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_histocompatibil ity_complex#MHC_explanation_for_lay_people [wikipedia.org]

It's scientifically proven to predict lust.

There are only nine of them, and you could probably figure out a cheap test to determine your type. You'd enter it into your cellphone, and it would use bluetooth to find other people in the bar who would likely sleep with you.

So you'd go to a website and order the test and a subscription to the service and it would send a Java applet to your phone. You'd need to enter your preference (men, women or both, ages ranges, income range and so on). The phone could use location based services (GPS or GSM triangulation) to display a frikken target radar, with the intensity of the radar dots proportional to MHC difference.

The targets would be people who've subscribed to the service and are thus interested in a partner, and the MHC stuff would tell you that they are 'compatible'

I read somewhere that in Asia, people choose partners based on star sign, so there you'd give the MHC types zodiac names. The above study should pull in people who are more scientificly minded.

Killer app! Killer App!

Try Flickr then... (1)

Omicron32 (646469) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188164)

"The real next boom in cellphone software services is mobile blogging. Snap a shot while walking and upload and comment on the picture." You can do this from Flickr, including posting to a blog.

Re:Social networking is out (1)

larytet (859336) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188359)

look gomyplace.com

it allows to run a daemon on any PC (NATed, firewalled, whatever) and be able to access the file system, manage user accounts, etc. via regular internet browser. blog ? no problem. extend daemon by any bloggin software or run PHP based blog. gomyplace daemon will tunnel HTTP for you.

think about gomyplace as a easy way to run HTTP server. and gomyplace PROXY which caches the data (this one is optional) allows you to turn the host off and still you will be able access the data.

Would you believe... (1)

crazyjeremy (857410) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188047)

...how common it has become to use our cell phones for entertainment? I like this kind of technology, but what has happened to good ole hookin up with people in person?

Re:Hooking up in person... (1)

hackwrench (573697) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188094)

Where would you recommend doing that? Society has changed a lot since the Hoedown at the Barn and whatever came before that.

Re:Hooking up in person... (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188618)

Yeah, now a "Ho down" is probably police crime number.

Re:Would you believe... (1)

Kangburra (911213) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188108)

what has happened to good ole hookin up with people in person?


That's what we use mobes for. Text your friends and make sure you're all going to the right place at the right time.

No more conversations like "We were just down the road" or "we missed you by minutes"

Phones don't have to replace real meetings and real relationshsips. Some people let them do it, others don't. You choose which you want to be.

Addendum (1)

hackwrench (573697) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188134)

I had in mind meeting people for the first time. Back in the old days there were only rural areas, in which you could be sure everyone's interests were farming, towns that were more homogenous than those of today, and then there was royalty. Nowadays there are a great many more interests, and restaurants, which is one place to meet people are structured around what you want to eat more than social compatibility.

What is it good for? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15188053)

Call me old-fashioned, but I can exchange comments and plan activities with my friends by - GASP! - calling them!

-"Hey, man, fancy a beer?"
-"Sure!"

But hey, at least their FAQ mentions a "tickr". VC's of the world, unite!

Re:What is it good for? (1)

ScottyH (791307) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188733)

ANALOG!

No thanks... (1, Insightful)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188056)

Call me a primitive bastard but I prefer my cell phone to be a cell phone. I don't need text messaging (which I get 10 spam messages and forced to pay a buck for every month), video games, TV, porn, or Muppet Show ringers.

Re:No thanks... (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188087)

And every new cell phone has more useless features, bundled with poorer call quality and shorter battery life. Eventually cell phones will just be gateways for the laptop to use Skipe over...

Re:No thanks... (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188455)

Curmudgeons of the world unite!

I heartily agree, though. I would be much happier with my phone if the manufacturers took out the useless crap like cameras, games and all that associated scheissdreck and concentrated on making a device that is actually useful for making calls and SMS messages (yes, I like SMS - it's a useful and nonintrusive way of communicating) and made it so that it doesn't take up so much room in my pocket.

Re:No thanks... (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188629)

Actually, I agree. I've got an old Nokia with mono screen. I send a lot of text messages, but that's about it.

But you're missing the point here. There's hundreds of millions of asian teenagers who use IM, picture messaging, mobile blogging and other half baked gimics [slashdot.org] . I write code for mobile phones, and this sort of thing basically feeds me. If everyone stuck to 5 year old phones, lots of people like me would have to get real jobs.

Oh wow! (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188060)

I can already see the next gen of this: Cells that let you call your friend and tell them you want to meet!

Gosh. I'm bouncy.

Re:Oh wow! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15188122)

... and send them a blurry pic of your boobs.

This is the MySpace crowd, after all.

Erm.. (1)

D14BL0 (880565) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188062)

How is this helpful at all? If anything, it's more of a hassle. Since, you know, every user on this service has a cell phone already, isn't it much easier to just call the person directly and avoid the middleman?

Just looking at the Subject line... (2, Insightful)

TKBui (574476) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188075)

I thought the Department of Corrections was allowing inmates expanded Constitutional Rights... but alas, it is just more telephonic gimmicky crap I do not need.

Re:Just looking at the Subject line... (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188120)

"I thought the Department of Corrections was allowing inmates expanded Constitutional Rights...

sounds like a joke: you know you've spent too much time in jail when... you read the word "cell" on /. and think "jail cell" instead of "cell phone"

Re:Just looking at the Subject line... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15188297)

Actually, in Hebrew the same word is used for an open-space cube and a jail cell (great, eh!) and for a while I thought this had something to do with sitting in open-space.

I See.... (3, Insightful)

ericdano (113424) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188082)

So, wait. I see Verizon offering this as part of their music/video package. So I can dance to the latest tunes while shopping for clothes and scheduling something with my friends with this social networking. Wow....

Seriously. This stuff is so stupid. Why not actually use the phone and TALK to your friends?

You can only talk to one person at a time (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188106)

The actual next thing (old thing, if you consider Nextel) is Push to Talk over Cellular. It works like a little handheld CB that broadcasts to selected recipients. Given a fixed rate per message, you don't have to make 10 calls to 10 friends just to update everyone with some new information. You just select the recipients from your addressbook, press the dial button, and send your message.

It's like the Star Trek communicators except that no one seems to like clamshells, so you don't get the cool flip action of the ST radios.

Re:You can only talk to one person at a time (1)

ericdano (113424) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188161)

I don't see how that would be useful. Kids and people my age use Text messages to broadcast something to people. Like "We're going to this show at this time" rather than calling. It's easier.

Re:You can only talk to one person at a time (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188184)

How can typing out a message be easier than speaking into the phone?

Re:You can only talk to one person at a time (1)

ericdano (113424) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188206)

It is. I get way more text messages than I do calls.

Re:You can only talk to one person at a time (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188231)

I'm not following at all.

Here's what you said originally:

Why not actually use the phone and TALK to your friends?

So I responded with an upcoming technology (that I parenthetically noted was not new at all) that enabled a multi-recipient voice-based service that allowed you to talk to your friends rather than send text messages.

To which you responded that it was easier to send text messages than voice messages. I assume that you completely missed the point of my original post because it was a complete non-sequitor in the context of my original response.

So in order to see where this topic was going, I asked how typing text messages could be easier than speaking into a microphone. Your answer again was a complete non-sequitor.

> How is x easier than y?
> x is easier than y. I get way more x than y.

???

Are you a bot?

Re:You can only talk to one person at a time (1)

ericdano (113424) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188332)

Ok, I can see your IQ is low. Let me clear it up for you.

One to One communications -> Call them
One to Many communications -> Text message them

Clear?

Re:You can only talk to one person at a time (1)

nacturation (646836) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188338)

One to One communications -> Call them

I guess you missed the part about "multi-recipient voice-based service"? As in: One to More-than-one.
 

Re:You can only talk to one person at a time (1)

ericdano (113424) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188379)

Ah, but will it work on other networks? Maybe. Is it going to cost extra? Most likely. Is anyone going to use it? Probably not.

It's easier to send a text message. It's like IM. You can broadcast a simple text message "Meet at Joe's at 8pm" to everyone. No confusion.

Re:You can only talk to one person at a time (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188366)

Sprint has had this for years. I'm sure the other services have as well:

3-way calling. (ok it's limited to only three parties, but it counts as "talking to more than one person at a time)

"broadcast message" You can actually send a voice message to a predetermined "group" using voicemail commands.

Re:You can only talk to one person at a time (1)

DDLKermit007 (911046) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188371)

I always love responses as to why txting is eaiser than calling that just say "it is" with nothing to back it up. Guess how long it takes me to ask if a friend wants to go out and where to? 1-2 minutes. How long does it take you type that shit out and then get a response? There are some rare occurances where txting is nice like when your in a meeting getting info like an address, but not much else. Some of my clients annoy the hell out of me with thier txting me then act supprised when I call back. These are the people that can't learn to use Outlook yet somehow manage to know how to work the most usless part of a cellphone thats a step back in terms of communication. As said on the Boondocks by Samuel Jackson: "2 way pagers are for dumb niggas talking to other dumb niggas about dumb nigga shit..."

Re:You can only talk to one person at a time (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188486)

How long does it take you type that shit out and then get a response?

That's not the point. Sure, it does take a long time to punch "all that shit" in - especially if the first thing you have to do is turn off that dumbass predictive text that is unalterably on-by-default on my phone, but that's a rant for another post.

The point I was going to make is that an SMS doesn't have to interrupt anybody. If it needs a reply, the recipient can do so at his or her leisure. A voice-to-voice call always has to interrupt somebody, and is doubly inconvenient for the recipient if he can't find or get to the handset in time and ends up having to call up voicemail to pick up a message.

Re:You can only talk to one person at a time (1)

Achromatic1978 (916097) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188561)

Seriously, America... so behind the times. Push To Talk has useful purposes - a lot of building sites use them. But PTT has been available in the rest of the 'modern' world for several years now. It had its flash of interest and has now faded away, for the most part.

Headline is misleading! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15188083)

The headline had me envisoning Charles Mason's myspace page.

Someone wake me up... (1)

Simon Garlick (104721) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188099)

...when the US has phones and networks equivalent to -- let's be charitable here -- what the rest of the world had six years ago.

Re:Someone wake me up... (1)

Duncan3 (10537) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188315)

VERY charitable.

Realisticly, more like 10 years.

Did someone say... (1)

philgross (23409) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188133)

Dodgeball [dodgeball.com] ?

Advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15188146)

All I want to know is how much /. got paid for this post.

Great (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15188156)

Sounds great! Now do these "friends" come with the service or are they separate download? Is there torrent?

Journal? WTF? (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188157)

Since when did journals get turned into stories, much less put on the front page? And isn't this one giant slashvertisement for a service which is indistinguishable from about half a dozen websites that already do much of the same?

Re:Journal? WTF? (1)

maelstrom (638) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188302)

WTF is right. I've never seen anything like this. Why is it always ScuttleMonkey promoting shady stories to the homepage?

My_6x6_Space (3, Funny)

SsShane (754647) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188183)

Finally a way to stay in touch with all my felonious friends!

Jabber (1)

henrikba (516486) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188187)

What's wrong with existing Java Jabber and MSN clients that already exist? Why use yet another IM network?

Re:Jabber (1)

henrikba (516486) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188242)

And why didn't I leave out "that already exist" in that sentence?

Re:Jabber (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15188487)

And why must I keep posting?! Why?!

Yes, I do think I'm funnier than I really am. Go fuck yourself, I'm out of my mind.

Re:Jabber (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15188792)

www.tglophone.com has a soft phone that works with any community including MySpace. It looks cool cause you don't need a cell, but if you have one it can forward you voicemail to it.

It's called networking (1)

tajgenie (932485) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188217)

I think people might have a problem with this since cell phones can easily be used to call people and simply talk to them. This service isn't for talking to people. It's for networking. All you people who have no friends can now have some thanks to this brilliant new program of Social Networking! Unfortunately, it can only be used with people you already know.

More accidents (1)

mikesd81 (518581) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188255)

So now they're be more car accidents, probaly in teenagers...

soon inusrance will go up if you own a cell phone and no hands free kit.

The other cell... (2, Funny)

sloths (909607) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188278)

I clicked on this RSS feed and from the headline I was thinking it was a social networking sire for prison inmates.

I'm confused, I guess... (1)

shaneh0 (624603) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188281)

This sounds interesting and all, but why do we care about these people making friends and building social networks? Plus, how many REALLY have cell phones, and do they even work inside the cell blocks? That's a lot of concrete.

I guess I don't understand the market behind this. And isn't there liability giving potential predators a chance to gain someones trust?

Just another reason to stay away from MySpace.

Critical mass (1)

markholmberg (631311) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188292)

I wonder how all these new social networking sites are planning to gather the critical mass needed. The only way I see it happening for a start-up is by targeting some niche and wait for "overflow" into other demographics.

Calendar may be of use (1)

Krolley (65102) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188305)

Yeah, it's easy to phone someone up and organise some sort of activity, but with each new person who wants to join in on said activity the complexity grows. Try and get 10 people to reach a consensus on where to eat .. it can take a while! I can see the calendar as being a useful application.

Space pen vs. pencil argument again (1)

Falcon611 (413766) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188312)

"Users with camera phones gain the ability to snap pictures and paste them as comments."
... like MMS?

"The application also allows for cool features such as allowing you to make restaurant orders and payments on your cell phone screen without the need of having your wallet with you."
... like a credit card?

"The availability status gives you the choice of one of multiple availability settings that describe how easily you can get in touch with any of your contacts or how easily they could reach you."
... like MSN/Yahoo!' mobile IM?
Myself, if it rings out, I'm busy. If it doesn't ring at all, I'm N/A. If I answer, I'm probably available.

"This is a function that allows you to search through your buddies as well as all CELL ViBES members. The search is designed as a tool to help you in reaching the people you are interested more efficiently."
... like a phonebook/online phonebook search/SMS-IM?

"The TO DO list is a place for you to jot down some events and things that you need to do in a given day."
... like a PDA/diary/calendar/hPDA/list?. If a phone has WAP capability, it probably has a calendar too.

As for `exchanging comments', how is that different than SMS? I'm all for improving efficiency, but it's almost absurd, is there really a need for a Complete Java Solution to collaborate a `meeting' between a few people?
I guess some people feel isolated if their IM isn't running 24/7. While you connect, download, compose, send, wait, receive, read, record, respond, and disconnect, I'll just give them a call or send a message.

Re:Space pen vs. pencil argument again (1)

Achromatic1978 (916097) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188575)

"The application also allows for cool features such as allowing you to make restaurant orders and payments on your cell phone screen without the need of having your wallet with you."
... like a credit card?

Exactly. And I know you, like me, are just hanging out for the list of four restaurants in downtown Silicon Valley that'll actually accept payment like this, rather than just laugh at you and say, "No, seriously, we want paid, in a real way."

"The availability status gives you the choice of one of multiple availability settings that describe how easily you can get in touch with any of your contacts or how easily they could reach you." ... like MSN/Yahoo!' mobile IM? Myself, if it rings out, I'm busy. If it doesn't ring at all, I'm N/A. If I answer, I'm probably available.

Alternatively, cellphones have this quaint feature called diversion. ;)

This service is laughable. I wonder if ScuttleMonkey is in on the IPO.

You have *got* to be kidding, Part II (1)

Gorshkov (932507) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188321)

Maybe it's just me, but what's so freaking social about trying to have a conversation with somebody who's busy "social networking" on his freaking phone while you're trying to talk to them?

People gotta learn to put the damned things away occasionally.

But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15188339)

If you and your friends already have cellphones, aren't you available 24/7 anyways?

The headline threw me off. (1)

goodenoughnickname (874664) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188358)

I thought that there was now a MySpace for Prisoners. Would have made for some good blogs...

"today i totally had a shiv to my head in the laundry room! it was just like that part in shawshank redemption! i LOL'd and sum totally came out my nose! it was so gross"

I'm sorry.

Re:The headline threw me off. (1)

someone300 (891284) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188928)

Yeah, I actually thought it might have been referring to some brand new prison education program ;)

Anyone else thinking... (1)

Arivia (783328) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188373)

"What's the point of social networking outside your cell? Bubba's all you need..."

And I thought.. (1)

EiZei (848645) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188418)

.. that social networking from my cell involved shivs, gangs, guards, prison bitches, trading skills and smuggling drugs inside.

The japanese had it figured out ... (1)

shri (17709) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188490)

Several years ago there was a Japanese company that gave you the ability to program social and sexual preferences into a tiny little device, that broadcasted them to similar devices within a 100 meters or so, yours and the compatible person's device would blink or vibrate (guess that would be a part of the sexual preference), allowing you to then meet and mate.

Seriously, how many of us would want our unemployed friends (arent they all?) IM'ing them in the middle of a billion dollar VC presentation .. "dude, happy hour at the bar ... "

Re:The japanese had it figured out ... (1)

Achromatic1978 (916097) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188595)

how many of us would want our unemployed friends (arent they all?) IM'ing them in the middle of a billion dollar VC presentation

Perhaps I'm lower on the totem pole than I thought. I can't recall one time I've made a "billion dollar VC presentation", let alone have them on a regular basis.

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Cell/Mobile? (1)

caluml (551744) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188714)

Social networking from your cell?
* Hey Bubba! I'll introduce you to my bitch for a pack of cigarettes!
* Sure thing, mon.

Ouch. (1)

chrisbro (207935) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188863)

Bad timing on their part. They're going to need to capture college kids, who are addicted to this type of thing...Facebook has incredible penetration rates on most decently-sized campuses, and they just came out with a very useful mobile interface to their profiles. Takes bar stalking to a whole new level. That might take the wind out of this service before it starts.

OT, but I'd love to see how MySpace's numbers have changed since Facebook became so prevalent, at least amongst the college demographic. I know you can have both, but why live in the ghetto when you can have something nicer?

Uhm... (2, Funny)

Wienaren (714122) | more than 8 years ago | (#15188897)

Social networking with a phone? What ELSE is one supposed to do with a phone???
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