Today we’re presenting WhozAround? the application we built, at TechStars Investor Day. WhozAround? works off your contact list, whether it’s your social network or an email list, finds out where people are, and lets you message them across a range of delivery channels, then takes the data for these personal events and puts it into a nice, clear portable feed–turn by turn directions for your day, a GPS for getting things done. The Facebook app is live now, and will be moving into the FB directory and out of alpha, which means everyone can easily get it and start playing with it.
We’re building for other platforms as well, with the idea it’s essential for you to be able to set your preferences at the edge and send and receive data–and manage your personal schedule–in whatever network and platform you want to.
A good way to think about WhozAround (note: this is the live link to the alpha, we’ll post the beta as soon as we point it), if you’re trying to get what we’re building, is to to think about this as a set of helper apps that make both your ability to connect with people and your ability to maintain a calendar–ie remember and log what you’re committing to, or might decide to do–work a whole lot better.
We’ll post a beta notice and invite people as soon as we repoint the app to the main site; we will be iterating on it over the next few weeks, adding more features and tools both things we’ve planned and things from people using it), so watch this space..we’re eager to get everyone who wants to play right in there.
(And this is a good moment to thank David Cohen and Brad Feld and David Brown and Jared Polis whose TechStars incubator was the perfect place for Lisa and I to come together and start building something we hope will have real value and utility for the social web, and for everyone who, like me, is a chronic double-booker.)