I ALWAYS ADMIRE PEOPLE who works very hard, passionate and focuses on something. My friend, Krating Poonpol –ex-product marketing manager of Google Earth and has Stanford MBA– just launched an iPhone app [iTunes link] called Quipster last month. Despite it’s also a check-in-based app, but Quipster is more like “a ‘contextual check-in’ or ‘semantic check-in’ since it gives immediate ‘context’ and ‘meaning’ to your check-in,” says Krating.
He told me that the idea surfaced after he and some friends wrapped up their first product – Heaven’s Diner – which is a location-based social game. “We are experiencing ourselves about the state of the location-based app are a) it is location without context and check-in is not for everyone; b) privacy issue associated with check-in app; c) check-in isn’t that social since there is little social interaction and check-in is not the right mechanism to encourage social interaction especially among strangers.”
This app started to get notice now in Thailand (my friend Jakrapong also uses this app now!) and Krating and his company Mobilitz are looking forward to seeing user’s feedback from the rest of Southeast Asia, especially from Indonesia [and, of course, from the rest of the world]. “I am sooo excited to see Indonesian iPhone user’s response regarding our app. Hope they like it,” he said.
The iPhone App Review writes:
At the end of the day, Quipster is a free iPhone app in the AppStore that feels like the cutting-edge of location-based social networking. The app is everything its competitors are not, including hip, sleek, easy to use, and gorgeous on the iPhone. It’s a great app that’s ham-stringed by a lack of users: A malady you can easily fix.
Another review, WhatsOniPhone, says:
Somebody I know recently deleted their Foursquare account. Why, you may ask? Well, when was the last time you viewed someone’s Foursquare timeline? Exactly. The frequent I’m-here-at-this-exact-point-in-time updates just aren’t important to many people. I see two main reasons for this: you may not see where your friends are until an hour or two after they check in (check-ins quickly become insignificant), and also many of your friends may not live close enough to you for you to care where they are eating or hanging out.
Quipster, a new, fresh take on social networking, attempts to eliminate these problems. First of all, Quips (think of this as a post) are region-specific and only apply to your city. You can post a Quip for almost anything, ranging from this-place-was-too-salty or this-place-was-definitely-worth-the-five-star-price, to there’s-a-party-here or something-news-worthy-just-happened-here. There are many icons divided into eight categories, but luckily there is a useful search function too.
Krating also wrote two best-selling business books in Thailand. Lastly (not so fun), he got eight speed tickets in US and last time he had to go to the court and do public service :-)
Good job, Krating! [I meant for the Quipster, not the speed tickets! o_O]