Microsoft’s New Social Application: Vine

May 2, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Brier Dudley of the Seattle Times writes that Microsoft‘s new Vine software could be a “game-changing” social application. The service, which is in beta in Seattle, is, as Dudley describes:

“…a hyperlocal, personalized message and alert system. It’s intended to be a dashboard that people can use to keep tabs of their family, friends, activities and major events in their community.

“The dashboard — which appears as a widget on a PC screen — displays a map of the user’s community and the status of their contacts. It also has buttons to send alerts or reports, which can be sent and received on the PC or as text messages on a cell phone.”

He said Vine could be used by groups and organizations to alert people to schedules and changes or as a central hub to keep track of changes, local news and information, or updates from services such as Facebook. However, Microsoft is initially targeting it at helping local emergency management officials to aid in first-responder type situations, among other things.

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