Strengths + Good references on Google + Comprehensive interface / communication tool + partnership with Skype + multi-language
Remarks - offer a lot of features, so beginners can get lost and not use a 10th of the features - multi-language: good and not so good as any non-English language is a barrier to communication between countries
Notation criteria * Interface (easy to use / user friendly, efficient, comprehensive) * Members (quality, coverage, profiles) * Premium services (offer, flexible, value for money) * Visibility (google, usage, coverage) * Other (success, offline meetings, value added services)
About Where Are You Now? aims to keep you in touch with your contacts as they move from one place to another by providing a colour map of their whereabouts. As a member, you can contact your friends via Web-based email and SMS, upload pictures and diaries of your travels, inform friends of travel accommodation and contact details through the Web site or meet new people from around the World. The Founders: Peter Ward & Jerome Touze I am passionate about Networking & Online Networking. I am quite visible, and always keen to try websites which offer a new concept and/or interface. Peter and Jerome had an excellent idea: there are so many backpackers who would like to meet new people, share their experience, and keep in touch after their trip(s). Please find HERE an interesting article/interview from Peter, dated 2003. Key facts * Launched in September 2003 * WAYN: Where Are You Now? * Main nationalities: America, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Australian, Canadian, "Kiwi" * Business model: 3 kinds of membership (Free, Full, Exclusive VIP) + SMS service + special offers from third parties * Members: they claim more than 3.25 million registered members * Turnover: more than £1million a year * More than 16,000 people are signing up everyday
My remarks Please find below my comments after trying the interface for 30 minutes only. The founders did a good job to urge their members to subscribe for a full membership thanks to very limited features for free. If you don't subscribe First, if you do not pay your membership, you can't do much! * You can send "Hello" messages for free * You can send a standard eCard * You only have 1Mo of storage If you subscribe I was impressed by the number of VIPs, which means you don't really get to be on top of the first page... * You can send real/personalized messages * You can send personalized ecards * You can create a blog ("WAYN List Beta" service) * You can send SMS
About "That's me (Peter), the one who's not Miss Texas 2002. Since sitting next to her on a trip from Houston to New York, I've taken over 300 airplane trips, and have yet to sit next to someone that beautiful. But – I have sat next to other CEO's, marketing directors, movie stars, clothing impresarios, and tons of other people. (...) That's why I started AirTroductions. We all fly so much, I figure there's got to be a better way to use all that time in the air. So whether you're looking for a date in Los Angeles, a business networking partner in Tokyo, or just someone to share a cab from Kennedy to Midtown, look no further. You've found AirTroductions. If you've got any ideas on how to make AirTroductions even better, then we want to hear from you!"
As part of my job, I travel extensively: I know airports quite well, and sitting on planes for hours. It could be dead boring, but occasionnaly, when you seat next to someone interesting and friendly you start talking... And it feels like the trip last 10mn!
I love networking, and I like Peter's idea very much. I was sitting on a plane from London to Chicago in January 2006 when I read an article about AirTroductions in American Airlines magazine.
So, you can stick to randomness (which is quite exciting in a way), or you can decide to plan in advance an interesting and entertaining flight with a person who match your criteria!