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Introducing “Guess My Location” powered by Geode and Loki

October 10th, 2008

Brightkite can now guess your location right from your wi-fi connected laptop. Mozilla Labs recently released Geode, an extension that will fetch your current location. We’ve integrated Geode making it effortless to reveal your location to Brightkite. If you are not using Firefox, Brightkite will guess your location using the Loki plugin.

To try out the Geode plugin:

  • Download and install the latest Mozilla Firefox web browser.
  • Read the Geode blog post. Download and install Geode.
  • Restart Firefox.
  • Make sure you are connected via wi-fi and visit the Guess My Location

If you are not using FireFox and Geode, Brightkite will use Loki to guess your location. To try out the Loki plugin:

  • Make sure you are connected via wi-fi and visit the Guess My Location
  • You will be prompted to install the Loki Plugin. Install the Loki plugin and it will automatically guess your location.

At Brightkite we are always working on ways to make revealing your location easier. We hope you enjoy the Guess My Location feature as much as we do.

Posted by Brady Becker at 2:19 PM in Product

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William Couch

  • 419 weeks ago

Wow, I love how quickly you implemented that service into Brightkite. Bravo.

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Jason

  • 419 weeks ago

You know what else will help you fetch a location? An iPhone. The new 3G has GPS, and the original iPhone can fetch it via cell towers and WiFI, and it's much more accurate than WiFi alone. Any update on the native app? How about a transcript of the chat? How about a single sentence indicating that you hear everyone clamoring for it? thanks.

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jonpierce

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  • 419 weeks ago

Awesome! This is a perfect use of Geode and Skyhook technology. Now, how about that native iPhone application?!

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[...] there :D)  Moreover BK has now some cool applications that works with it via its API, such as Guess My location right from your Wi-Fi connected laptop, powered by Geode and  Loki and Brightkite Map [...]

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weipah

  • 419 weeks ago

I think beta-phase of the native app is still in progress.

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Neil Oughton

  • 419 weeks ago

I have to admit, i am checking in pretty regularly for the iphone app.... Can't wait for it.

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captainslim

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  • 419 weeks ago

This is just too cool, and it works perfectly. Is it placemarks that it favors or places that you've frequently visited? Is this pretty much how the iPhone app will work, with Brightkite suggesting likely places based on your location?

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kristin

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  • 419 weeks ago

I have to admit.. it's almost scary how accurate this is.

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Robert Caffery

  • 419 weeks ago

You have been saying "very very close" for weeks.

Do you have a project manager? I don't think you guys are effectively prioritizing your deliverables / goals / milestones which will lead to slow deliver products development and new features.

Your updates to the community on the iPhone development which will soon be your core method of location awareness is non-existent. I am not in PR but one would think a START-UP company like yourself would want all of the expose they can get. Not only to generate user interest but to also generate more capital.

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Stepan Mazurov

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  • 418 weeks ago

Hey just so you guys know this does not work with Firefox 3.1 beta 1, it goes and asks me what location type I want to disclose but after I pick any option, nothing happens.

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Justin

  • 418 weeks ago

Neat.. this works with Safari 3 on Mac too, using a Java plugin. I was afraid I was going to have to use Firefox. ;)

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xtex404

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  • 418 weeks ago

Hah; I'm pretty amused by this the more I play with it. I never realized how bad Skyhook's database is in some cases. It looks like they mapped some residential areas a while back -- especially near apartment complexes -- then those people moved/relocated and took their access points with them.... so now their access point is in a different place than Skyhook thinks it is, and puts you in the entirely wrong place -- not by miles, but by a hundred or two miles. :) This isn't bk's fault at all -- my iPhone's "pseudoGPS" locates me in the same place before the actual GPS lock takes hold... Too bad there's not an easy way to tell skyhook "hey. this location is completely wrong!".

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Jim

  • 418 weeks ago

As for the Brightkite iPhone app's "Guess My Location"/"Find Me". Is it using Loki Mobile?

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[...] good job at guessing your location either by using the Loki plugin, or Mozilla Geode (more here and here). When using your iPhone, Brightkite will use CoreLocation to discover your location. I like the [...]

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DIH

  • 416 weeks ago

Firefox 3.1b1 (Geolocation) "Guess my location": Neighborhood setting returns my exact address (house number and all) - privacy concerns; within 10' doesn't work - places me 120miles away (presumably the ISP HQ). Otherwise this is great,

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