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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Roamz app review


Roamz is an app that aggregates data from social networks around a particular location to provide information about what is happening at venues in the area. Launched at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco last week, the app has already received 8,000 downloads. But there are still kinks to be worked out.Roamz to me was just launched as any good startup should probably a bit earlier than they could have done. I feel as a developer that they could have spent another six or eight months building it as it has pertinent issues that need to be addressed.

Roamz Logo.It is a Sydney based start up company

The free app is available for iPhone on the iTunes store.One thing that has come to my mind is that this app was developed to cater for the explosion of social content on social networks such as Twitter.Instead of checking the local newspaper or social networks, a new app takes the guesswork out of finding local events and what is happening nearby. Say I'm driving down the road in Helsinki and there's a car event going on in Espoo. How do I find out about that? Unless I'm following someone on Twitter or Foursquare I'm going to miss it.

The app gathers public data from Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Instagram about a particular location into a feed tailored to a user's interests, chosen from 10 categories, ranging from child or pet friendly activities, to restaurants, attractions, shopping and nightlife.Roamz vision is to sift through those millions of posts and pieces of content and work out the signals that are actually relevant to the user at the time they're relevant.Using artificial intelligence the app gets smarter as it learns how a user rates particular venues and the types of content uploaded or frequently viewed.

Roamz on iPad

Roamz uses this information to refine the data being presented.The company plans to increase the amount of content available, which is currently sparse in some areas. While densely populated areas such as Helsinki have content from hours or even minutes ago, other cities like Oulu tend to have less recent content and this is where Roamz addresses the shortage.Roamz has already have more data than we know what to do with. It's about them mining the data that the've got which will eventually make it better.

After downloading it,I realized that the content is being filtered out conservatively to ensure that data in the app is relevant and they are also planning to improve the intelligence of the app.If Roamz notice that you're going to a beef burger everyday at 1230pm as I like doing, and you open up Roamz at 12pm, Roamz should be smart enough to start showing you activity being discussed at MacDonalds nearby.Roamz is said to have advanced plans to enable users to purchase and redeem tickets for an event discovered on Roamz within the app.

Although there are many location-based apps for finding venues nearby, i thinks there is room for Roamz.Just like many other users,people are getting tired of opening different apps. And even when you do, you're only seeing what your friends are doing and not what everyone else is doing and that is why I feel this Australia company has something refreshing to offer to the market.


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