Sunday, September 03, 2006

WAYN.COM - Where Are You Now?

WAYN.COM - Log your trips - see who is where - make new friends

If you have a ton of friends who travel all over the world, or if you want a ton of friends who travel all over the world, then WAYN (Where Are You Now) is probably just what you need! Personally, I like my small group of friends, who happen to live all over the world, but I do not feel any need to know exactly where everyone is at any one point in time. However, if you do want to know that, and if they want to let you know that, then WAYN is what you need.

Personally, I am a bit skeptical that people travel all that much, and that they really want to let all their friends and the whole world know every time they make a trip anywhere. Or that they are open to meeting strangers everywhere they go in the world.

But then I am an old guy, who does not do MySpace nor Second Life.

Actually, WAYNE kind of reminds me of, but is much more socially oriented. It is built around your friends, who you can notify about your travels, search to see where they are in the world, and SMS to their cell phone (as well as non-member cell phones). The focus on friends (current and potential) gives it a MySpace-ish feel -- more so than 43Places, which is very social, but feels more focused on places than WAYNE. WAYNE does have place discussion (a core feature of 43Places), and it allows you to upload trip photos.

While it may not be my cut of tea, it is certainly interesting -- so check it out.


Lawrence said...

WAYN is a very good site - The myspace for travel - I joined a month ago after receiving an invite from a friend and really have to say that the guys behind it have done a fantastic job. the interface is very neat and quite easy to use. I also came across gusto and tripmates but they didnt quite do it for me but they also offer some good services / options that are worth checking out.

upx!music said...

Maybe you haven't noticed that WAYN attracted $11 million investment last week from a syndicate of investors including co-founder Brent Hoberman and Cheapflights CEO David Soskin.

This means the community will at some point in the near future be facing a commercial transformation into a "community of transaction".

What is interesting to note in this context... operates, a branded blogging platform! Go figure what might happen next!