Social media apps are doing an amazing job keeping us connected with friends all over the world, but it’s not easy to keep track of every feed, and sometimes we end up missing the opportunity to meet up with a friend who’s just a skip, hop, or jump away. Banjo is an app for iPhone and Android that connects all of your social sites (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, Gowalla, etc.) and only sends you notifications when a friend is nearby (in the mile radius you’ve selected). Beyond that, you can search your location to find out what’s going on around you. Whenever someone posts an update with a Geo-tag, you can see it on your map and discover a new place you might like to check out or a new person you might like to connect with.
Another highlight of Banjo is the search feature. You can see what people are talking about wherever you go. For example, at SXSW we searched “free” to find out where to find the best giveaways. You can also use Banjo to find out what you’re missing in your favorite cities while you’re away. The best part about it is that your friends don’t have to be on Banjo for you to receive their updates in the app. It automatically links you to all of the connections you’ve made across all social media platforms.
At South by Southwest, Paul Caridad and I connected with Banjo’s Director of Engagements, Jennifer Peck and got the Banjo lowdown in the 15 second VVN interview below. We have been using the app on our road trip in the Visual News Van ever since. You can download the app at the iTunes store or the Android Market.