Dopplr goes live

In an earlier post, I mentioned that Dopplr, a social networking tool designed for travelers, had started beta testing and was sending out limited invitations. With the trial period wrapping up, Dopplr has just opened its door to the lay public. Now you too can share your travel plans with all of your friends and search for random occurrences when you’ll be in the sample place at the same time.

I’ve been test driving Dopplr for the last couple of months and will admit, it has come in handy once or twice. Do bear in mind though that the one random occurrence that did happen was between myself and The Bruce, the latter of whom spends 4 out of 5 days on the road during the workweek. If you don’t have as many gypsy wanderer friends, it may not be as useful to you. As far as the other dozen friends that I’m networked with — well I know their schedules well enough to not need to check online.

Dopplr may be best useful for its Facebook application, which allows you to indoctrinate more of your unsuspecting friends into the network. Otherwise your best six friends (whose plans you probbaly already know) may be the only friends that you’re linked to.

When you do decide to pull the trigger and join the community, the Dopplr Blog Tour is a good place to start.