Dopplr functionality gap – finding people

Dopplr logoGiven Dopplr‘s stated aim of:

…[sharing] your future travel plans with a group of trusted fellow travellers whom you have chosen. It also reminds you of friends and colleagues who live in the cities you’re planning to visit.

it needs to be a lot easier to find those fellow travellers – most of whom you will have contact with via email, or IM, or Twitter, or LinkedIn or something. But at the moment, there isn’t any way of finding them.

At the moment, you can randomly type in likely handles for people in the form http://www.dopplr.com/traveller/trib and desperately hope that they exist. But that’s not good enough. Given this is social computing/location matching for professionals and regular travellers, it needs to be a good deal easier to find people.

The current self-introduction system is good inasmuch as it avoids the MySpace friend phenomenon of every man and their collective dogs knowing where you are and when, but what I think it needs is some way to import your contacts from email or LinkedIn. There could then be a match on email address and you would at least know who else was on Dopplr. At that point, you could then expose your details as you do now and they could do the same if they wished.

4 Replies to “Dopplr functionality gap – finding people”

  1. Steve,

    Dopplr needs an API that someone can mashup to something like LinkedIn or even (shudder) MySpace – I couldn’t tell you if they do or not because I am not within the invite-only private beta test set :)

    But it sounds like it might work. Can you suggest it to the Dopplr guys?

    Cheers, Andrew

  2. I notice from your trips that if you specify the end date of one as the start date of another, they will be linked on the map, and start drawing an itinerary, but a gap in the end –> start dates implies a return home, which in your case seems unlikely. Is there some other way of linking sections of a journey? Unless of course you are dashing home for a day in the middle of your US trip! Or do you need to close up the gaps in the dates?

  3. You’re right, we need more ways to find people, and we’re working on adding that in for version 1.0.

    Until then, you can use the search box at the top of the dopplr page to find people by name (instead of guessing URLs), or you can click on the icons of your contacts and look at their contact list at the bottom of their page. If someone allows you to see their trips, it also means you can view the list of other people they’ve allowed.

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