Waze Is Going To Be Absorbed By Facebook?


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If you have an iPhone and I say Waze, you probably know which app that I speak of.  I’ve been using Waze for some time already, and it is probably the only free navigation app that I prefer most on iPhone.  Waze has many great navigation features and one of them is very controversial.  It would be Waze allows users to notify each other of police presence in specific areas.  So, Waze is a really great free navigation app for iPhone, and the rumor has that it will be bought out by Facebook.  I don’t usually like to write an article based on a rumor, but I have to go on ahead and write about this since Facebook is involved, rumor or not.

We know Facebook has already had a ton of information on its users.  Only cave dwellers won’t know Facebook and Facebook won’t know cave dwellers.  No offense, but it’s just a figure of speech to magnify Facebook presence on the Internet social scene.  Sure, Facebook’s stock does poorly in the market and probably will continue to do so for some time to come unless Facebook can figure out how to build a business model that actually does speak some confidence into investors.  As now Facebook stock is at $19.31, way below its IPO price of near $40.  In reality, Facebook stock and Facebook are two different concerns altogether.  Facebook itself, not the stock, is a giant machine that hold lot and lot of personal data.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Obviously, just like any other web services, Facebook might have lot of fake accounts and spam data to be dealt with.  Nonetheless, we cannot disregard the position that Facebook is in.  Unlike Google and somewhat similar to Google, Facebook has a way of knowing people’s secrets.  The truth is just like how people ask the search engine secrets that even their closest friends and family members won’t necessary know about, some people out of so many people on Facebook do save secrets that would boggle your mind.  When I speak of some people on Facebook, some are real people, and some are just machines that pretend to be real people known as bots.  Nonetheless, Facebook is a giant machine that harbors around 900 million active accounts.  Some of 900 million active accounts do speak tremendous volume.  To put it plainly, Facebook is an elephant that carries tons of ants on its body.  OK, I lie, this isn’t plain at all.

Since Facebook is like a databank machine, with smart algorithms, that holds valuable, personal data of so many active Internet users, the rumor of Waze acquisition by Facebook might be rather unsettling for some people.  Perhaps, some people might just have enough of Facebook being so pervasive in their personal lives, because Facebook will not only know about their secrets but will also know about their bad sense of direction.  Hint, Waze is a navigation app after all.  And this paragraph is meant to be sarcastic.  Anyhow, it’s just so interesting to me to hear a rumor that Facebook wants to acquire Waze.  I think Waze has a lot potential as a navigation app, but I fear Waze won’t be Waze if Facebook acquires it.  Then again, perhaps my fear is just all smoke and mirror, because Facebook might just add a lot of social features to Waze and leave Waze to be Waze.

In conclusion, the moral of story is there isn’t one.  What on earth I’m writing about…  Anyhow, I think Waze is awesome and Facebook too.  Nonetheless, if you use Waze the wrong way while driving, you will get no where that you need to be.  If you use Facebook the wrong way, your secrets will be unveiled to the world.  The combination of the two is making my head hurt.  Anyway, so far this is only a rumor, and we might know more in the days ahead.

Source:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2012/08/28/facebook-to-buy-waze/

Introducing Waze, A User Generated Navigation App For iPhone

Nowadays, new cars most likely come with navigation system, and if you don’t have one in your car, it’s most likely you have purchased a portable one in electronic store.  Even if you haven’t had a portable navigation system, you could always download a free one as app on your smartphone.  Of course, you might be out of luck if your smartphone doesn’t support such kind of apps or you don’t own a smartphone.  I say, it’s likely that you have one, and if you don’t have one now, I think you will have one sooner than later.

Anyhow, yesterday I found myself fumbling for direction.  Unfortunately, my car had an older navigation system and I had refused to update the CD which came with it so new locations could be updated.  The place I went to could not be found as my car navigation was unable to locate the address, and so I had to resort to an app on iPhone.  I used an auxiliary cable so the sounds from my iPhone and its apps could pass through my cars’ speakers.  At first, I had no idea which navigation app I would use on iPhone.  There were too many of them, but I made a wise choice and found Waze.

Waze is an easy navigation app for iPhone.  It is relying on user generated alerts to notify you of traffic jam, police, accident, hazard and more.  I’m not one hundred percent sure how it is working exactly, because I’m so brand new to it.  Nonetheless, I found out yesterday that I was able to use it to travel to my destination safe and sound, because the instruction gave off by a voice from Waze was clear and precise.  I didn’t even have to learn how to use the darn app, because it was so easy to just use it.

You have to allow Waze to read your current location so it could know where you at right away.  All you have to do next is to tap onto a vehicle icon on the bottom left of your iPhone screen to pull up the Menu window, tap on Navigate icon, and enter the address or the name of the place that you want to travel to.  A voice will speak through your iPhone, and you will be able to navigate using its instruction.

Inside Menu, you can click on Reports to read what are happening near you.  Perhaps there are traffic jam or car accident nearby, and so you should make a detour.  The cool thing is that you can also track where the police are.  All these reports are pouring in through people like you, because they are using Waze too.  Come to think of it though, I don’t think all reports will be accurate, because humans tend to make mistakes.  And so, I don’t think Waze will always be one hundred percent accurate on everything.  Nonetheless, you can’t just disregard the bulk of things that matter about Waze for there is little chance of inaccuracy.

Waze makes it easy for you to report something odd that is happening on your road or street or highway.  By clicking on the exclamation mark icon on the bottom right of your iPhone screen, you can then tap on an icon that is relating to your situation.  For an example, if you see police hide nearby you, click on the Police icon to report that you have seen police in your area.  You can label the police as Visible or Hidden, and you can even take a picture of the police to send it onto Waze, I think.

What Waze needs is Siri.  Without Siri or voice control, it’s rather dangerous to use Waze.  Obviously, this can apply to all navigation apps on smartphone.  This is why people keep encourage smartphone users not to texting while driving, and so by using navigation app and meddling with Waze at the same time can be as dangerous as texting.  I advise people not to meddling with Waze while driving.

In conclusion, I think Waze is a good app.  The best feature of Waze is that it’s free to download and use.  What cool about Waze is that it allows users to report traffic incidents and so on, but I think what make Waze cool can also make it a dangerous app to use while driving.  Can we say Driving Under Waze or DUW?  Of course, Waze won’t be the only app that is facing this sort of criticism, because any other navigation app without voice control will have to be categorized as dangerous to use while driving.  Waze also branches into popular social elements such as allowing users to share traffic incidents on Twitter and Facebook.  I like Waze, but I do think it needs voice control.  Its main function works out great, and I’m talking about its accuracy in regarding to navigation.