(PRWEB) May 09, 2014
YouDitto, founded by Jim Baxter and Andy Yeung in Orange County, CA wants to take the location-based anonymous social app genre to a new level using notifications.
With anonymous location-based apps like Secret and Yik Yak causing a stir recently with some questioning whether they have a legitimate place in society, like venture capitalist Marc Andreesen's recent tweet saying in part that they “encourage negative behavior". YouDitto hopes to change that perception and thinks that location-based information can be useful and may change how people and businesses interact locally.
YouDitto allows people to create notifications for themselves and others based on location. The notification gets triggered when within proximity to the location. "Ultimately what we want to achieve is a way for people to get useful, insider information about any location," says cofounder Jim Baxter who came up with the idea three years ago while eating lunch at the Champagne Bakery in Irvine. "I hadn't been there in a while and had forgotten about a particular preference I had for a sandwich. When I ordered it again, I wished I had an app to remind me about that preference; That is when I thought about sharing that preference with others and the idea for YouDitto was born," recalls Jim.
YouDitto not only aims to provide a social forum for people to share useful information and notifications for locations, but also to eventually allow people to share their preferences in order to allow businesses to provide a more personalized experience for their customers. The founders of YouDitto imagine a day in the near future when people can walk into their favorite place, and just by being there, have the business cater to them based on their preferences. They would also like businesses to post their own notifications about their locations for people to receive when nearby. They are currently working on a new feature that will allow for businesses to post to many locations at once which they have codenamed HomeBase.
Jim and Andy expect to release the new feature within a month, hopefully in time for the TIF conference on May 22nd at the Hotel Irvine where they will have an exhibit. They also plan to release a version for the iPhone in the next couple of months as well as a web portal. "We have a lot of businesses already interested in using YouDitto but are waiting for a version for the iPhone as well as a web portal. So we are working around the clock to make that happen," says Jim.
If you have an Android smartphone you can start using it now by downloading it from the Google Play store. For more information about YouDitto you can also visit their website at http://www.youditto.com.