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how will i know where i am?

oh no, you guys. google's killing dodgeball for real this time:
Some of you may also be familiar with Dodgeball.com, a mobile social networking service that lets you share your location with friends via text message. We have decided to discontinue Dodgeball.com in the next couple of months, after which this service will no longer be available. We will communicate the exact time-frame shortly. [google-code-updates]

Does this mean we have to switch to brightkite ([brightkite.com/people/joshc/])? Surely there must be a "save dodgeball" campaign?


Huh. In the extended thingamajigger, it says that the "!" command posts to the place where you are, which doesn't really seem to be a broadcast, and also seems to be useless because why would you want to message people where you already are?

I guess there's no real choice, and I'll ultimately use whatever everyone else is using and deal with the shortcomings, but it still seems like britekite is heavily iphone biased, which is why I didn't like it in the first place. People without iphones have friends too.
I remember the days way back when Dodgeball was an email address and it didn't work with some phones that couldn't text to an email address. Then I found out on t-mobile there was a hack where you could text "500 seattle@dodgeball.com + whatever else" to get around it.

Brightkite works with a different metaphor than bar-hopping but they are adding features all the time for all kinds of phones. I bet they'll use the end of Dodgeball as an opportunity to add more Dodgeball-like things.

Still, even though I hardly use Dodgeball anymore, it's sad to see it ending.