So I can't remember who first invited me to Dopplr. It was either Rafer or Prashant.
Dopplr is an online service for frequent travelers. You put in all of your upcoming trips and you hope that your traveling friends do the same.
I joined several months ago. And in the beginning I didn't get it. It felt hard to use. It felt like yet another weak social network asking me to re-create myself online. I had to invite more friends to yet another service.
Lots of folks asked me what I thought and I would just reply, "it's okay". Which is code for "it's not for me".
But I was wrong. Way wrong.
It clicked about a month ago for me. Once I had a core group of friends using the service it became incredibly useful. Now I love Dopplr. It's fantastic. It's made for folks like me that travel a lot and have friends that travel a lot. Using Dopplr I've been able to connect with my west coast friends while I'm traveling or when they are in NYC or Boston.
I'd like to see some improvements to Dopplr. Integrating with Twitter is a no-brainer. Also, to sync based on categories to Outlook or Gcal is also a must.
I was wrong about you Dopplr. I'm glad I stuck it out.
Dopplr is still in private beta but if you want to give it a try leave a comment here and I'll send you an invite. Here's my profile on Dopplr.