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Hot local-social-people-discovery app for SXSW: Glancee

February 23, 2012 58 comments 32 shares 63 plus ones
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I'm watching a range of these new kinds of apps. Like Highlight, Sonar, Banjo, etc. This one caught my eye for a couple of reasons. 1. It's also on Android and iPhone. 2. It doesn't show "freaky" map details about where you are or were. 3. It tries to filter out people who wouldn't be interesting to you so noise level stays down. 4. It is more efficient on battery than the others because it doesn't need to so perfectly hit the GPS. Anyway, here the founder spends a lot of time talking to me about this new genre. These apps will be hot at SXSW and are already spreading through San Francisco like wildfire. Get Glancee here: http://www.glancee.com/

I previously interviewed Highlight: http://youtu.be/1RTWry5hSTk I like Highlight because it's faster and it includes maps, which is cool for someone like me who doesn't care that you know exactly where I am but I know it freaks some people out.

In San Francisco I can already tell that both have their fans.

At SXSW these apps are going to be very hot as a way to meet people and make meetings.

I'm loving these apps, mostly because everyone on them right now is a major geek. That will change as these things go from the "tech bubble" crowd of early adopters to a more mainstream audience.

Anyway, more on what I think about these two apps soon.


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Shyam Subramanyan February 26, 2012

+Joe Barbagallo the reason G+ won't crack open their graph API yet is because they'd be returning empty data for most queries beyond signin authentication.

Brenda Young February 24, 2012

I will have to check it out. It looks like they have covered most of my major objections to this category of tool.

Erin Bury February 24, 2012

+Robert Scoble I think SXSW will be a great test for a) whether these apps are actually useful outside of SF, and b) which one will prevail as most popular. I'll be keeping an eye on the Highlight/Glancee/Banjo/Sonar battle in Austin! Oh and see you there :)

Joe Barbagallo February 24, 2012

+Shyam Subramanyan Yea, completely understand their choice in choosing FB's social graph. I suppose I'm just tired of FB being omnipresent in using other apps. Wish Google would crack open the Plus API already....

Mark Malkoun February 24, 2012

+Robert Scoble haha Good point :)

Robert Scoble February 24, 2012

+Mark Malkoun if you want privacy stay away from these apps.

Mark Malkoun February 24, 2012

+Robert Scoble what about privacy issues as this app is registering all the places we've been through? I know there's no other way to do it, but isn't that a concern?

Alberto Tretti February 24, 2012

+Shyam Subramanyan LinkedIn integration would be something very powerful to create more business-oriented profiles for conferences and recruiters. But first we want to get the user experience right.

Shyam Subramanyan February 24, 2012

+Joe Barbagallo an app like this has to be reliant on some existing graph such as Facebook. LinkedIn probably has the next rich graph data, but that will only provide career/work related matches.

Joe Barbagallo February 24, 2012

Interesting series of apps coming in terms of social/local/mobile all working together here. Really disappointing that it's super reliant on Facebook..... Sigh

Ilya Vilensky February 24, 2012

+Alberto Tretti thanks for explanation, seems all the matches are in another city for me. It's hard being an early adopter in the UK.

Alberto Tretti February 24, 2012

+Ilya Vilensky The list of matches has labels that group people by distance. If you are not in an area with many users you'd probably see just one label at the top.

Ilya Vilensky February 24, 2012

I don't get how to find out whether matches are close by or in another city, it doesn't show locations, does it?

Jason Levine February 24, 2012

I like Glancee. And I did not like Highlight because I found it to be pretty creepy. Glancee's "arms-length" approach to matching you up with people who share your interests is much more comfortable for me.

Lisa Borel February 24, 2012

It's downloading now, +Alberto Tretti It appeared to time out first though. Thank you.

Alberto Tretti February 24, 2012

+Lisa Borel Glancee supports Android 2.1+, including Gingerbread. I am surprised you don't see it in the market. Try this link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.glancee.mobile.android&hl=en

Lisa Borel February 24, 2012

and Gingerbread? +Alberto Tretti

Alberto Tretti February 24, 2012

+Hans Watson Thanks, that's a great feedback. We are working on the recommendation engine to take age and profession into account, when this information is available.

Vic Ted February 23, 2012

Thanks +Alberto Tretti

Heather Poirier February 23, 2012

Just joined Glancee based on the Scobleizer's recommendation.

Alberto Tretti February 23, 2012

+Vic Ted Try adding "South by southwest" and it should work. The recommendation engine tries its best to categorize everything, but sometimes it gets thrown off by acronyms.

Vic Ted February 23, 2012

+Robert Scoble I can't add SXSW and Glancee in my Interests on the iPhone app even I've liked both glancee and SXSW on Facebook.

Lisa Borel February 23, 2012

Glancee must not support Gingerbread - don't see it in the market, and when I clicked on the link to download it on their page it gives me a support page.

Tim Letscher February 23, 2012

+Robert Scoble +Erin Bury I concur. Just installed it here in the Twin Cities and in between the app crashes, not many folks are in the immediate area. I am, however, looking forward to seeing how that changes down in Austin next month. Is it March yet? Is it March yet?

Hans Watson February 23, 2012

My biggest problem with Glancee is the creeper factor. I am a concert photographer who ends up liking a bunch of bands on facebook after I have photographed them. This means that even though I am a man in my forties, when I open Glancee I have page after page of teen girls in provocative poses. I sent in feedback hoping for some better filtering tools so that I could weight their results towards people closer to my age or in a similar profession.

Brian Avis February 23, 2012

Thanks +Robert Scoble :)

Brian Avis February 23, 2012

Oh I'm weird all right +Robert Scoble..... I don't even really have a good reason not to have a facebook acct..... other than I just don't wanna. Childish, I know. Maybe I should think about it more.

Bryan Broughton February 23, 2012

I can't imagine being invited over to someone's house and having them break out a scrapbook of magazine clippings of things they thought were cool that they found that other people did. That's torture. Not social. Ohhhhhhhh pretty pictures.

Robert Scoble February 23, 2012

+Erin Bury based on the kinds of people I see on both Highlight and Glancee, these things are TOTALLY being used by early adopter audiences. I doubt you'll see many people unless you're in San Francisco or New York or you come to SXSW.

paul mooney February 23, 2012

Need BBQ

Stefano Moscetti February 23, 2012

Good job +Andrea Vaccari !

Robert Scoble February 23, 2012

+Brian Avis people who aren't on Facebook are weird. :-) And, yes, I know there's a few of you hanging out on Google+. But there's a LOT of benefits to hooking apps into Facebook and most people won't care.

Brian Avis February 23, 2012

Good point +Robert Scoble.... as usual. :) Either way I don't want to be pushed towards Facebook. I've never had a facebook account and I don't plan too.... I'm just stubborn that way some times. :) But I'd love to play with these kinds of apps.

Erin Bury February 23, 2012

I like that Banjo is being used by journalists to get eyewitness accounts in different cities. Cool and unexpected use case that +Damien Patton talked about on +BetaKit. Tried Sonar in Toronto when it launched but unfortunately the critical mass just wasn't there yet...I should give Highlight a try.

Tim Letscher February 23, 2012

+Jason Preston Agreed with that urge. When Facebook launched Timeline, it was a similar urge since all of a sudden, FB presented me with holes to fill as they tempt me to give them more data.

Robert Scoble February 23, 2012

+Bryan Broughton sorry, I don't agree that Pinterest is lame. You should see the usage there. Yes, it's all women and it isn't for me and you right now but it's white hot.

Bryan Broughton February 23, 2012

+Robert Scoble Pinterest is really, really lame. And Facebook should not be touted as the end all, be all key of entry into your playground. I think it's a huge shortcut to a stand alone application. If the only way to join is through an existing FB account I think is bogus.

Robert Scoble February 23, 2012

+Brian Avis I wish Google+ had a real API too. Sigh.

Robert Scoble February 23, 2012

+Jamie Gordon heh. My matches are a lot more accurate. But he's using Wikipedia to build those semantic matches, which totally explains the behavior you're seeing.

Brian Avis February 23, 2012

Wish these apps supported G+. :(

Mike Mintz February 23, 2012

Interesting - seems a bit stalker worthy though. Also, kind of creepy: do you just lean over to that girl or guy at the Starbucks and say "I just finished Game of Thrones too!"?

Jamie Gordon February 23, 2012

I wanted to try Highlight, but it's not available in the UK. I've installed Glancee, but I have to say the matching is pretty weird. It matches eBay with Wikileaks, Richard Avedon with Ralph Lauren, and Annie Leibovitz with Demi Moore. So someone I have 20 "matches" with, actually turns out to be completely irrelevant. Maybe it's just because I am in the UK. Maybe it's because not many people use it here. Maybe it'll get better over time. I do really like the idea of the app though.

John Head February 23, 2012

+Robert Scoble forgot that Twitter went nuts at SXSW. It seems though that each year, there is one theme and only one or maybe two of those apps make it out alive. I wonder what it takes to break both the multi-theme and the 'more than a few' barrier. If that is even possible or desired.

Robert Scoble February 23, 2012

+Bryan Broughton and Pinterest proves you're absolutely wrong about failing with this model. So do many other apps.

Jason Preston February 23, 2012

Oddly enough this makes me want to put more info into Facebook so the recommendations are more accurate. There's a lot I haven't updated in a while. Be interesting to know what it's looking at.

Robert Scoble February 23, 2012

+Bryan Broughton sorry, you are gonna lose with that stance. There are a TON of apps coming that require Facebook and some that are very nice and useful. This app couldn't be done any other way, really.

Bryan Broughton February 23, 2012

It is kind of lame. Getting sick of apps that only work through Facebook. Maybe i want to deactivate my account for a whole but still use other networks. I think it's a fail.

Robert Scoble February 23, 2012

+John Head last year the rage was group texting apps. Several have become big. In 2007 Twitter was the big app at SXSW. So the track record is pretty good. But only for the biggest apps that get massive users there. Localmind came out there last year, got some hype, and hasn't taken the world by storm yet although it's trying.

John Head February 23, 2012

+Robert Scoble going to be interesting to see how the mainstream adopts stuff like this. For every 50 'must have SWSX' apps, how many have made it mainstream? Besides FourSquare. Not being a debbie downer, just curious at the transition rate - I like data :-)

Tim Letscher February 23, 2012

There will be some niche fetishists that will probably love this. Think of all the furries in San Francisco, heh.

malgorzata foggin February 23, 2012

I like the fact that all those apps are created to get people connected in real life as an end goal (using the location, check ins..). For a while I felt like technology took over our social life so much that we were lost for words when meeting in "real" life, but felt perfectly fine chatting on line for hours and mailing extensively. Let's watch this space.

Robert Scoble February 23, 2012

+Cory O'Brien partly that's because only interesting people are using it right now (er, early adopters). Now you know why I like following so many early adopters. Yesterday I met a CEO and a VC in the street because of it and because of Glancee.

Cory O'Brien February 23, 2012

I've been using Highlight for a while, and have been pleasantly surprised by how interesting/useful it's been. I expected it to highlight a bunch of folks that I wasn't interested in connecting with, but instead, it's been bubbling up quality introductions to people that I actually want to interact with. Will definitely give Glancee a try to see how it compares, and look forward to testing out both at SXSW.

Lisa Borel February 23, 2012

Sounds good...

Chris Davies February 23, 2012

+Robert Scoble A few years back I tried Kopen's Golden-i wearable computer at Mobile World Congress (it's what I'm wearing here: http://is.gd/VT6Nkh) - I asked them if I could borrow one for the next big event I went to, and turn myself into a mobile blogging machine, but they never got back to me.

Robert Scoble February 23, 2012

+Chris Davies ABSOLUTELY! I can't wait to try those out.

Chris Davies February 23, 2012

This would be an ideal app for my Google Glasses :)