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Why do I believe it's going to be so important to be aware of some ones location?
I earlier wrote about the true value of SaaS solutions being improved collaboration capabilities. People start to work, communicate and collaborate more and more in a virtual world. We all blog, tweet our whereabouts and create a feeling of knowing complete strangers. This is all great and very helpful, but we should not forget 2 important aspects when working together in a virtual world
1. Time zones, although the world runs 24 hours a day, most people in most areas in the world do sleep sometimes. Real-Time communication needs to take location and time zones into consideration.
2. Face to Face meetings, yes this might sound old fashioned, but I do still value them. Location awareness can greatly enhance the chances for meeting people.
We have come a long way, all mobile devices now have GPS chips and we have location at our finger tips. However, it's still not very convenient. GPS doesn't work indoors, but who is 'checking-in' before entering a building. At least I notice that I'm not disciplined enough to update my location at a regular basis... a clear indication it's still too complex...