Neighbors - Will the IM + Geosocial Network Take Off?

    When in 2011 the company launches the “next” geosocial network, entering the cramped market of Foursquare, Google Latitude, AlterGeo, and even integrates it into an existing client for instant messaging, this causes a decent share of skepticism.

    Such attempts to integrate into the IM client were made in the mobile sphere by Palringo, so the idea can hardly be called decisively new.

    I admit, the Neighbors service would hardly have attracted my special attention if it had not been integrated into IM + (from SHAPE Services ), the multi-protocol client I used on almost all mobile platforms (from Windows Mobile and Symbian to Android, iOS and Windows Phone - agree, the list is respectful).

    I was not too lazy to find out how many people actively use IM + except me :) It turned out approximately - 12.5 million users, a good launching pad for experiments.

    So, let's take a closer look at the Neighbors / Neighbors service (now available for iOS on iPhone and iPad, will also be released for BlackBerry this week, and soon on Android).





    Despite the presence of Russian localization at IM + itself, when you turn on Neighbors we are greeted in English:

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    Neighbors' priority in relation to other services is hard to miss, the item with it turned on is above all other protocols for messaging:

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    The “Details” sub-item simply loads the SHAPE Services website with information, not the most logical decision if the user has already purchased the Pro-version of IM + to offer him to get it again:

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    Finally, a laconic login window. You can use your existing account at plus.im (used to store the history of IM + messages) or register a new one:

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    License agreement in English. We read carefully :)

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    All fields are required when registering. This is not mentioned anywhere, but registering by entering only the name will fail.

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    And finally - the working window of a working service. Once again we see a mixture of translated and English pieces of the interface - however, there are more translated parts. So, on the left side is a list of users, their information and address. On the right is a map based on Google maps and user avatars. Poured Google Latitude - but to the credit of IM + it all works very quickly, the card loads smoothly, no brakes and roughnesses.

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    And here are the neighbors :) the map shows the time of the last update of the user's location, his name and avatar.

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    When you click on the user’s avatar, additional information about the user appears, you can send a message to the user, make friends with him or block him. Unfortunately, at half past one no one nearby wanted to make friends :(

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    Abroad, users were more friendly. In the chat you can see animated emoticons "buns".

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    On the whole, there were quite a few "neighbors" in Europe even in the dead of night. In the afternoon there are even more :)

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    So, in the end, having tested the new service from IM +, we can say with confidence that it turned out to be a good “local” chat with elements of a “geo-social network”. There is nothing revolutionary with boring wallpapers in Neighbors, but it works surprisingly well, stably and quickly. By the way, the current version of IM + 5.2 Pro seemed to me much less "heavy" than the previous ones, which is especially pleasing.

    The service performs its direct function “find who is nearby and chat” perfectly.

    Oh yes, in the coming weeks, an IM + update will appear, including support for VKontakte, Ya. Online, many bug fixes and one very interesting addition to the Neighbors service - which is still unknown.

    I hope my impressions were useful to someone. PS: Who is from Kiev, “next door” :)

    PPS: Links to paid IM + Pro and free IM + versions.

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