• Anatomy Of A Failure: Lessons Learned

    This post was written by guest contributor Paul Bragiel, founder of Meetro, a location-aware instant messaging platform that was DeadPooled last month. Bragiel is also the founder hosted forum solution Lefora. See our coverage of these two companies here, along with our first post on Meetro in August 2005. Also see our post titled What To Do With Failed Startup IP?. In the spirit of openness… Read More

  • Meetro Abandoned for Lefora, A Hosted Forum Solution

    Meetro is finally coming out of the closet with the hosted forum solution we anticipated last October, and it’s pretty much what we expected it to be: a white label platform like Ning except without all that social networking humbo jumbo, just good old fashioned discussion threads. The product, once codenamed “Makaha”, is now officially known as Lefora. The team behind Meetro… Read More

  • Wetpaint Combines Discussion Forums With Wikis

    Seattle-based Wetpaint, which launched in June 2006, is a hosted wiki site that focuses on great looking sites and making the user interface as easy as possible. A number of wikis have popped up around popular pop culture stuff, as well as more private sites. Tonight they added new feature that should generate a lot of page views – they have fully integrated a forum/message board into… Read More

  • Meetro Working to Make Forum Creation Dead Simple

    We’ve been informed that Meetro – provider of a location-based instant messaging service – is working on a stealth project that aims to make forum setup, customization, and moderation as easy as blogging with Blogger. The project, codenamed “Makaha”, has been in development since the beginning of this year. While many forums require users to find their own hosting… Read More

  • Does Your Building Need A Social Network? Why Not.

    New York-based LifeAt wants to create a social network around your residential building. Do you need one? Nope. But maybe you’ll use it anyway. And perhaps you’ll even get to know some of your neighbors. The building managers control the network and post information about the building itself. Residents sign up to get news about the building, interact with other users, etc. Read More

  • The Holy Grail For Mobile Social Networks

    We’ve been tracking emerging mobile-only social networks such as ZYB and Mocospace and Mig33. All have unique selling points (Mocospace is dead simple to use, ZYB has a rich set of potential users from their address book backup service, and Mig33 has a VOIP tool that has attracted over seven million users), but there’s one solid gold feature that none yet have: physical… Read More

  • Meetro And AOL Quietly Developing New Forum Products

    Only very long time readers will remember our coverage of proximity-based instant messaging service Meetro back in 2005. Meetro is an instant messaging client for Windows and Mac that shows you other users (and their picture) that are physically close to you. Want to make friends with someone sitting near you in a cafe, or who lives in the same, apartment building? Meetro can help you do… Read More

  • Another Proximity Based IM Service

    New York based RadiusIM is a just launched web based Ajax chat service. Like Meebo, RadiusIM allows users to log in with Yahoo, AIM, Microsoft or GTalk credentials. They also have their own direct IM service, which auto-determines your location and places an icon on a Google map embedded in the site. Comparisons will invevitably be made with Palo Alto based Meetro, a very similar instant… Read More

  • Meetro Goes Mac

    Meetro, an interesting location-based instant messaging client that’s compatible with AOL, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo!, is now alpha testing a Mac version of their software. I profiled Meetro originally in August, If you are a Mac user and want to try Meetro, email and include your city, state (if applicable) and country of residence. Read More

  • Update – Meetro (Google Acquisition?)

    Company: Meetro
    Previous Profile: August 1, 2005
    Location: Chicago Google to Acquire Meetro? There are rumors that Meetro (profile), a location aware instant messaging platform and application, may be aquired by Google this week. We’ve been using meetro for a couple of weeks and love the service. Read More

  • Meetro

    Update 9/29/05: Wired published an excellent article on Meetro today. Company: Meetro
    Location: Chicago What is it? Meetro is an instant messaging service that works both as a stand alone client and also integrates with other IM services (AOL and ICQ for now, others to come later). Meetro determines where you are phyically located automatically (or you can override by telling it manually)… Read More