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Mobile friend finder Swirl Connect announced that their placemark database has been increased to 100,000 locations, expanding the footprint of their location-aware cell phone software to most metropolitan areas in the United States.

According to Shaun Taylor, Product Manager at Swirl Mobile, location-aware technologies have been envisioned for years, but product offerings in the field were minimally functional prior to 2007. Swirl Connect enables its users to stay connected with their friends, experience what their friends experience as it happens, meet new people while they're on the go, and find places of interest near them.

Swirl Connect is a crossover application, enabling real-time interaction, regardless of whether its users are on a PC or a mobile phone. "Swirl Connect recognizes that all of our activities occur at a specific geographic point, so codifying those points represents another step forward in the evolution of our product" says Taylor.

Swirl-enabled phones allow users to see their friends' latest pictures as they are taken, see what placemarks they've visited, and read what placenotes they've posted. Users can also find all placemarks, photos, and placenotes in the vicinity, as well as other users with Swirl-enabled handsets. To connect Swirl users with others in the area, proximity connections via Bluetooth are supported, as well as connections made among all users at the same placemark or hotspot.

Swirl Connect is free to everyone, and their public alpha release supports nearly 200 handsets, including support for popular Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, and Motorola phones. An additional 100 to 200 mobile devices are targeted for support in the coming months. Translations are available in English, German, French, and Spanish.

About Swirl Mobile LLC

Swirl Mobile creates location-based software, mobile social software, and web service integration software for cellular phones. The company's primary product is Swirl Connect, a crossover application that enables users to find their friends, see what they're doing in real time, meet new people, and discover new places. Swirl Mobile is headquartered in Raleigh, NC, USA. For more information about Swirl Connect, please visit iswirl.com.

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