Obviously it’s a trend now to connect with people by sharing location on smartphones. Instead of checking everyone’s availability back and forth, a location sharing app sends real-time notifications of people who are near and makes it easier for you to meet up with them spontaneously. Yeah, you might have heard of Facebook’s nearby Friends, Foursquare’s new swarm or maybe Connect. Today I’m trying a new one called Blleep.

To be honest, I myself have never been a fan of location apps before, not even when check-in was still fun years ago. When I first met Blleep I was a bit surprised why these guys are so enthusiastic about social location. The team behind Blleep are three good friends who have known each other since high school from China and studied in the US colleges. They feel it necessary for people in the digital age to meet up and hang out with friends in person. “People are having too many ‘friends’ on Facebook who they barely meet, and we would like to help by building a tool that connects people both online and offline,” said one of the co-founders Chi Xue.

Basically Blleep shows how many of your friends are near your location and helps you to set up meet-ups or events with them instantly by voice messages. The whole process of creating an event, having nearby friends notified and joining is quite smooth and quick. Here’s a video explaining how it works.

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动点科技驻湾区记者. Charlie is an entrepreneur based in San Francisco and Hong Kong who calls herself the undefeated caffeine champion. You can reach her at charlie.sheng (at) technode.com