My favourite social web app gets another makeover, and this time it’s major.
The most important change I’ve noticed is that they’ve ditched the buddy list altogether (which was getting impractical due to large amounts of users) and have started focussing more on maps. This is a change I can only applaud; as now it’s even clearer plazes is all about location, location, location.
Well – sort of. Yesterday I received a surprise visit at the office from guerrilla vlog reporter Marie-Claire. She’s doing a piece on plazes and decided to visit some people who were online in a radius of 2 to 5 km. The interviews will be posted on the site of Bright – Netherlands’ own Wired-killer. Make sure you don’t miss my thoughtful comments on the many uses of everyone’s favourite geo-social service. ;-)
Plazes, my favourite underhyped European web application have updated their sidebar. I like the fact that they changed the ranges shown (here, 1 km, 3 km, 10 km, 50 km). Now I can see all the way to Utrecht from Amsterdam. I also like the new “friends somewhere else” section (see the screenshot). They’ve also clustered people at the same plaze, and (all the way at the bottom) have now included a tag cloud-esque city list.