Earlier today we revealed that a new firmware had been launched for the maemo-based Nokia N900, we have now came across some details and a video for a new feature being dubbed the ‘Nokia Instant Community’.
The Nokia Instant Community is a pretty unique social networking application which may help people make ‘real life’ friendships, rather than cyber buddies.
The basic idea of the Nokia Instant Community is to automatically create a local social network with people within a location such as a block of flats, a sports stadium, restaurant, pretty much anywhere really. This non-localized social network uses your N900’s WiFi to connect to other handsets, but what about security?
You do not need to worry about security as you are in control of who had access to what, therefore if you have a weird neighbor simply change the correct settings to stop this neighbor seeing things you do not want he/she to see.
For me there are two major problems with this, one major problem is that there are very few owners of maemo-based handsets out-there, perhaps it will be brought to other Nokia handsets on different platforms. Another problem is that the feature requires WiFi to be on, therefore battery life can suffer dramatically if you leave your WiFi on in all locations trying to find a new friend!
If you are not yet won over by the idea check out the video embedded below and Nokia Conversations. Do you like the sound of Nokia Instant Community?