Aka Aki is a Germany-based mobile social networking site that wants to let users discover and connect with members as they go about their days. They have two different versions of the site, a mobile version and a web version. The web version has all the standard features like profiles, friends and messaging, but, the mobile version is much different with its Bluetooth-sensing capabilities.
The mobile version uses a combination of Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi spots to find similar users within your area and alerts you via your mobile device. You can then use you device to view their profiles and connect with them. For instance, you could be at a grocery store, restaurant or party and find people to connect with. This could be good for finding strangers with common interests but it would probably be better for running into friends you didn't know were going to be in the area.
If your mobile Bluetooth connection is activated, with no particular application running, you can be detected by other members while you're on the move, and check afterwards who you've met. You can also know which members came at a given location (bar, etc.) in the past.
The mobile version's Bluetooth-sensing capabilities does put it at risk to open connection attacks and unwanted solicitations.
Funding Rounds (1) - undisclosedUpdate
|Feb 23, 2010||TechCrunch - Mobile Location-Based Services Could Rake In $12.7 Billion By 2014: Report|
|Jan 29, 2010||TechCrunch - Brightkite Expands Product Line-up With Mobile Apps For Nokia, Palm Phones|
|Nov 3, 2009||topix.net - aka-aki networks raises 0 in unknown round|
|Oct 21, 2009||TechCrunch - German Mobile Social Network aka-aki Gets Another Capital Infusion|
|Jul 3, 2008||TechCrunch - Europe’s Mobile 2.0 startups come together|
|Apr 22, 2008||TechCrunch - Confirmed: Zyb Bought Imity|
|Sep 9, 2007||TechCrunch - Plastic Dating Cards? This Clearly Isn’t Going To Work|
|Sep 4, 2007||TechCrunch - Aka Aki: Mobile Social Networking “Auf die straÃƒÅ¸e”|
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aka-aki networks GmbH
Hessische Strasse 11
Berlin, Berlin 10115