When I joined PlanetEye in July 2007, GPS, geo-tagging and location-based services were on the high-tech landscape but getting little attention as “Web 2.0” hogged the spotlight.
Today, however, it’s a completely different story. With wireless devices such as the iPhone and the Blackberry coming with GPS; Google Maps becoming more popular, including the proliferation of thousands of mashups; and GPS becoming popular in-car tools, the world is becoming about location, location, location.
This was more than evident last night when PlanetEye hosted the first GeoSocial in Toronto. There was a great response with a room full of people excited to talk about what they were doing and how they might be able to work together.
It was particularly good to see large companies looking to see what was happening at the grassroots level, as well as startups looking for advice, information, networking opportunities and ideas.
Perhaps the best indication of how well GeoSocial went is that I asked someone for the time, and was learned I had been there for three hours. Time does fly when you’re having fun.