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Geomium, a new location-based social network, gets its official launch today, in London first but with other UK cites and then Europe and the U.S. to follow.

As with other such services, it lets users connect with friends, but it also emphasises meeting new people and throws in venue data such as bars, restaurants, etc., as well as local deals and events — all with a focus on real time. If anything the service is in danger of overwhelming the user while also coming across as another me-too offering: How is Geomium different to the likes of Facebook Places, Foursquare, Rummble, Yelp etc.? But actually, that’s why it might just work.

That’s because in effect it aggregates the features, and in some cases the actual data of those services – Yelp, Qype and Eventful – putting the user and their location at the centre rather than a single use-case, perhaps recognising that in real life we don’t compartmentalise our activities relative to location and things can be quite spontaneous. In fact, Geomium makes that even more possible.

Once logged-in to the website, Geomium offers four main sections and information can be viewed on a map or as a feed: People (all friends near your current location), Places (all the nearby bars and restaurants), Events (all nearby plays, festivals, concerts and parties, which can be filtered by type and date) and Deals (all the local deal, discounts and offers from nearby bars and restaurants).

So, for example, you might spot that there is an event in your locality that your friends are already at or attending. Afterward you want to find somewhere to eat/drink and see that there is a special offer at one particular establishment. That’s the idea anyway.

As well as the Web, an iPhone app is available at launch. Android, Blackberry, Nokia are to follow.

Geomium has raised seed funding from London-based angel investors and is currently in the process of raising an A-round.

  • J Richards

    The service sounds great to me and I love the idea of an aggregated service of events, places and so on – all shown on a map.

    From a very quick play on the geomium.com web site they seem to cover a lot more than just London though. Seem to be lots of events and special offers shown around me in Manchester.

    Haven’t looked at the iPhone app yet…later today.

    • http://geoomium.com Michael Ferguson

      @J Richards

      Yes Geomium has top content all over the world including all throughout UK, US and most of continental Europe.

      We work with a variety of partners in addition to the ones mentioned to provide the coverage. We have some very exciting partnerships coming soon.

      We look forward to hearing from everyone. Check us out and feel free to contact me directly with any feedback @ michael [at] Geomium.

      Michael Ferguson
      CEO Geomium

  • http://techtoom.com vikash

    It got every reason to be people favorite, best of luck

    TechToom.com

  • J Richards

    I’ve now had a good play with the Geomium iPhone app too and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The amount of data is really impressive, it’s got events and offers all over the UK (and Europe, and elsewhere).

    User interface is pretty good too – but could really do with more searching capability.

    Facebook integration is a nice touch to have at launch – makes it easy to invite your friends, and I guess this is the challenge for Geomium. If my friends start to use this platform, it could quickly replace other social networks due to the richness of information.

    In terms of functionality, this is streets ahead of FourSquare, Rumble and the rest.

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  • http://www.meetingwave.com jb

    Cool. Useful mesh of features and info.

    In what why does it emphasize meeting new people? Via the eventful data?

  • jathekid006

    Sweet! You mean it’s like Loopt but with zero users! Brilliant concept!

  • http://geoomium.com Michael Ferguson

    @j richards search and better filter will be on the app soon

    @jathekid006 have you downloaded the app? We have had quite a positive response from our beta users, even in areas with user lesser user numbers. We design the app that way.

    Though we we aren’t officially launching tomorrow we already have thousands of users. And with their feedback, the app will continue to approve.

    • Frantzdy Romain

      This social network has the capability to help and power a lot of creative ideas. I love it. cant wait to use it.

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    Anything to do with social-xxl.com ?

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    Great service, however I can’t use it on my Nexus One, a pity!

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  • Bill

    Steve O’Hear please learn the difference between “their” and “there” :-)

    So, for example, you might spot that “their” is an event in your

    • Steve O'Hear

      Where would I be without you

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    If you are aiming/targeting for London-based audience, this is a great place to have an account.

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