There’s a ton of social networking and mobile chat apps out there, but a new one called EZChat caught my eye for its network-independent, location-based “random chat” functionality.
The app is pretty straightforward, it uses WiFi and Bluetooth to determine your location, find other EZChat users in close proximity, and displays profiles for you to “like,” dislike,” or “maybe,” to decide whether you want to chat with them in real-time, or save the profile for later.
I like it because it’s dead simple and doesn’t try to cram 100 different social networking features into one app. It does location-based social discovery and chatting in real-time, and does it well. The only problem, as inherent with most new social networking apps, is the fact that it has a small user-base at the moment, meaning you’ll likely never find anyone else around you that has EZChat installed.
According to Ronnie Zohar, Founder of EZChat, “We firmly believe that most people care about maximizing opportunities in the ‘here and now.’ Even though it would be wonderful to get to know people in a far away location, it is much more productive to meet people who are in our close vicinity whether it’s for business or pleasure.”
The app is worth checking out; it’s available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad- available now in the App Store.