Apple’s latest networking app helps you find nearby users who share common interests
The app is called "Who Lives Near Me Live (WNM Live)," and to be fair, it isn’t exactly new. It was first released for Windows Phone in November 2010. In the app world, that actually makes it pretty old. However, since its original launch, the app has only been available through Windows Marketplace, which means when it hits the Apple App Store today, it will be new for most of the world’s smartphone users.
Founder Brian Hamachek did this on purpose. He didn’t want to dive into the more popular operating systems from the start, because he knew users on those platforms would be harsher. He wanted a gentle start; a soft opening, if you will. So far, his strategy has proved a solid one—currently the app boasts some 400,000 users.
So, what exactly is WNM Live, anyway? In a nutshell, it’s a location-based chat app. It lets you meet folks in your own little part of the universe. You can strike up a conversation with anyone in close proximity, as long as they’re a fellow WNM Live user. You can also choose to call them, or vice versa, over 3G/Wi-Fi. Like it or not, that latter option isn’t something you can choose to turn off, at least not on the Windows version. As long as you’re logged into the app, you’re wide open to receive phone calls. You can, however, choose to reject or block calls.
The iPhone release works a little bit differently, though, by offering a more limited version to start. Users won’t have the same call-in option, at least not yet. Which, as TechCrunch points out, is probably a good thing. Currently, the majority of WNM Live users reside in the U.S. (about 75- to 85-percent), but that could easily change once the app is made available to more popular operating systems.
You’ll notice in its description that WNM Live doesn’t tout itself as any kind of dating app. In fact, it makes sure to inform us that dating has nothing to do with it. Instead, it targets users who are “simply looking to kill time chatting with other locals that share their same interests.” It also has a zero-tolerance policy for lewd pictures and the like. You can check it out for yourself here.