New location-based chat app Ding Dong lets users say hello based on other users around their current location. Not necessarily for dating or sharing, Ding Dong is more about setting up conversations between friends. Thus differentiating itself form other location based communication portals such as Foursquare and Grindr.
To use the app you start by taking a picture in your current area and choose up to five people to send it out to. Your picture then is placed on a map, and once a friend responds with either his or her own Ding Dong photo or emoticon a connection link is shown in the apps map. Making messaging an interface with mapping and not just a textual one—however messaging can be taken to a chat feature if one wishes as well.
For many people where you are is just as important as what you have to say. Location mapping has become a staple in our mobile communications. While other applications like Foursquare are about sharing what your doing and where, Ding Dong is more about staying in touch with friends with global position as a foundation of the communication.
Co-founder and CEO Onno Faber says nowadays sharing can be open to 1000’s of peoples in your network but Ding Dong is about keeping conversations and sharing more intimate, with just the few you care about the most.