Akembo Puts Location-Based Chatting on the Map

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Akembo announces the initial release of their location-based chat platform.

Akembo announced the release today of their location-based chat platform for iPhone and Android mobile devices. The release is a significant milestone in the burgeoning location-based communication space.

“Joe [Mays] and I have been building Akembo in our spare time for over a year now,” says co-founder John Volk. “We’re really pleased with our 1.0 release. We think we’ve created something that people are going to find very useful, easy to use, and unique.”

Officially founded in January of this year, Akembo provides a location-based interface to group communication. Akembo users can create chat rooms tied to a GPS location anywhere in the world. Other users are able to join those rooms and communicate with people in the same geographic location.

The Akembo founders spent a lot of time determining an optimal set of features to enable location-based communication.

“We thought a lot about how our users would want to interact with each other,” says Mays. “This led us to develop features like fully anonymous login and password-protected rooms. We also have this concept of ‘onsite’ vs. ‘offsite’ messages that indicates to users which participants are actually present at a particular location. We’ve yet to see these features in any competing application.”

But, the platform isn’t limited to local interaction.

“In the design phase, we were very focused on optimizing our platform for local communication, but we’ve also allowed for place-independent discussions,” says Volk. “It’s been really cool to see people from all over the world jumping around the map and joining each other’s chat rooms.”

Volk and Mays envision their platform being useful in a large variety of situations. “Akembo is great for all sorts of things,” says Volk. “One of the most obvious is meeting people in places like bars, but there are many more possibilities. Friends can use Akembo to communicate where speaking is impractical -- like concerts, clubs, or work meetings. Fans at sporting events can organize themselves into discussions based on any criteria they choose. Classmates can discuss lectures without interrupting other students. We’re really excited to see what other uses people discover now that Akembo is in the wild.”

Akembo is available for free on both iPhone and Android from their respective app marketplaces.

About Akembo:

Founded in January 2010 and located in Chicago, Akembo is leading the way in location-based communication. More information about Akembo can be found at their website: http://www.akembo.com


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