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Planely: How Business Travelers Connect

LinkedIn and Hashable may be great ways to meet online, but Planely looks to be another way to meet in person.

Planely is a web service for business travelers that allows anyone to connect with people on the same flight. After creating an account, users add flights to their profiles. Specify the date, departing airport and destination, and Planely tracks down your flight number. You can also optionally add a comment, such as the type of people you would be interested in meeting.

Your matches page shows who has checked into Planely, grouped by flight, as well as other Planely members who will be flying from the same airports. Once you find someone, click “Contact” to fill out a form. From there, communication is handled by email.

We weren’t able to find any matches on our flights, so we’re likely looking at a social network in its very early stages. The largest hurdle for Planely is to win the trust of weekly business travelers and power networkers.

Path: Separate Friends From Frienemies

When Facebook announced email yesterday, it gave us a chance to remember how the social graph has changed relationships. If anything, Facebook has changed the definition of a friend. We no longer use the word acquaintance. Instead, we have friends, frienemies and BFFs. On Facebook, we may have thousands of “friends.”

Path launched yesterday as a new social network in an iPhone app. But what distinguishes Path from all other networks is that a user cannot have more than fifty people in their personal network. Choose your friends carefully.

The service focuses on what’s happening right now. At the moment, the only way to communicate through Path is by taking and uploading photos. It knows that a close group of friends share experiences, values and inside jokes. So when you share a photo with your closest friends, you may not necessarily need to post separately as text.

Path is watching how people use the service closely, and it will almost certainly add more features (like the ability to share text). Don’t look at this as an iPhone network either, since the service is working on apps for more devices. Even with improvements, it has committed to retaining its friend limits per profile.

Miso: Check In To Your Favorite Shows

It’s fall, which means networks are airing new episodes each week. It’s also sweeps, which means primetime TV actually means something.

Miso is a community created for the love for television. Create an account (in less than five seconds), and begin checking in to your favorite shows. The site is set up so each show has its own fan page. When you come across a show you like, check in, leave a comment, or share a link to join the conversation with other fans. Miso extends beyond shows, too. After a quick search, we came across movies and sports teams and leagues.

The service has recruited a dedicated community. Shows like Conan and Glee have more than three thousand members, and you see a new person check in to these pages every few minutes.

Different actions on the site are rewarded with badges. They don’t keep a list of what’s required to earn each badge, just to keep things interesting. And badges are unique to what’s popular now, like the Vampire badge or the Sci-Fi badge that reads, “You secretly wished you lived in an alternate universe – a universe in which Firefly had never been canceled.” These people love TV, and they’ve been paying attention.

If you don’t feel like checking in on your computer, Miso offers iPhone, iPad and Android apps. The apps look good.

Miso grasps a really important concept on why we watch TV. Even with DVRs and Tivos making their way into our living rooms, we still watch shows that same night. After all, we want to be part of the conversation the next morning when our friends and coworkers talk about what happened. Miso tells us we don’t have to wait until the next day.

Marginize: Check-In Across The Web

The need to check-in has become contagious. Foursquare may have launched it with their service, and Facebook now uses it with Places, but Marginize is bringing the same functionality to the web, plus more.

Marginize is a free web service that tells us “don’t browse alone.” After the quick installation of a browser plugin, you can access a sidebar on any webpage, which allows you to check-in and view conversations people are having about the site. Bonus points goes to Marginize for releasing a bookmarlet for the service too (browser plugins are passé).

Checking in to pages is easy. Access the sidebar, and click the check-in button. When you check-in to a site more than anyone else on the network, you become a “site curator”, like Foursquare’s Mayor status. These check-ins are completely opt-in as well, so it steers clear of ambiguous privacy problems other social networks have sailed through without concern.

Beyond checking in, users can leave comments about websites, which are simultaneously broadcast to their Twitter/Facebook/Google Buzz accounts. That is, with your permission. What makes the service more valuable than simply posting links on Facebook is that your comments live within the sidebar for future visitors to view and respond to. Therefore, we see Marginize maintain an organically growing conversation on each site for each new visitor.

Creating conversations around web content reminds us a lot of Google Buzz, which continues to awkwardly stumble around the social space. Marginize provides a constantly scrolling live feed comprised of comments and check-ins. We were initially skeptical of Marginize’s attempt to harbor these conversations on their own, but their live feed demonstrates people are adopting the service.