"Planet of the Apes" à la Poken ? (Poken maps widget launched!)

The latest feature of pokenHUB is our maps widget – a mashup of Google Maps and our new Open Social widget platform.   So now  Poken not only displays the contact details and address that your fellow Pokenites share, but it also shows you where your friends are located – view your Poken network geographically !  It’s fun, check it out.  Zoom in, zoom out, click to find out more… you get the idea.

Want to expand your network ?  Find a pokenEVENT, currently represented by a purple pyramid… what ?  (There’s a story, but we’re going to keep up the suspense on this one just a little longer… )  In the meantime,  know that at these events you will find fellow Pokenites with whom to build your network and get to know your community.

Still wondering how Planet of the Apes fits in?  Simple, your friends’ locations are represented by our beloved blue gorilla.   It’s genius, hehe.  We are, however, planning to eventually show other poken types as well, so hang tight if you want to see your geisha or ninja on the map.

For more info (all brilliant ideas welcome!) about building 3rd party widgets using Poken’s Open Social platform and API, developers should contact our development team at api@poken.com.

New Year 2010 Message from Stephane

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We at Poken are starting the year in high spirits, and hope to share with you some of our energy and enthusiasm.  First, of course, I would like to wish you all health, happiness, and much success for 2010!

As an introduction, let me say that Poken’s current product offering, including the ever popular pokenSPARKTM , the new pokenPULSETM, and our redesigned member site pokenHUBTM are only the tip of the iceberg, as relates to what we’ve been working on to continue offering the most innovative, fun, and useful technologies for real world social networking.

Poken recently launched its new pokenEVENTTM and pokenAFFINITYTM products, offering a small preview of the nature of our business beyond social networking / fashion accessories.  An increasing number of corporate partners, including big names such as KPMG, IBM, BMW and Mobistar are turning to Poken to answer a need that marketers have long sought to fulfill: Bridging the gap between your online and offline worlds.

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It’s awesome to receive honors

We’ve already published it in our press center in late November, but wanted to share this lovely prize with you once more. This time with a picture, too. We are very honored to have been listed as one of the 25 Most Promising European Web & Mobility Start-ups by the European Tech Tour (ETT) on November 18th 2009.

The ETT Web & Mobility Summit, which showcases cutting-edge technology businesses to the venture and investment community, chose the 25 winners of this prestigious nomination from a pool of over 400 applicants! Stéphane Doutriaux, Poken’s CEO, was in Montreux to accept the award personally.

If you’d like to know more about this summit of the ETT, visit their website at www.techtour.com/webandmobility09/index.php