Bing Checks Out The Local Social Market
Bing Checks Out The Local Social MarketAug 19 2011 - Mobile, Social media - Farhad Divecha
Microsoft’s search engine Bing has recently added a new social networking app for their Windows Phone. The app is called ‘We’re In’.
This app helps users to organise a get together or events with their friends. When a user wants to know where his friends are, this new app makes it very easy for him to do so.
Users just have to invite their friends through this app, and when they agree to join, both sides will be able to see each others’ locations.
In order to use this app, the user has to sign up using his phone number. Then he can invite all his friends through his contact list and also tell them the reason for the invite.
At this time he can also specify the amount of time for which this invite will hold good. Once that time limit is up, the invite expires automatically and the location sharing stops automatically.
The friends receive a text message with all the details on their Windows Phone. Those who decide to join in will be visible along with their location on the map. The map can be extended or narrowed down to include a larger or smaller area as required.
All those who accept the invite will be able to see each others location. The participants can also update their status through messages. To see a particular person status update, one must click on the user tile of that person. To see the status of all participants, one must click on the People tab.
A person who wants to stop sharing his location has to tap ‘leave’ on the People tab. He can also send his friends a status message to indicate that he is leaving the group.
At present this app is available only on the Windows Phone in the U.S. but is likely to be added to other devices in the future.
This activity is likely to become very popular as it has been found that 73% of users engage in mobile social networking on a daily basis.