John Nash’s Slight is a geo-located, anonymous chat app that ties metadata to location instead of user identity. Rather than following a specific named source, the app allows users to find conversations relative to a specific place. Slight uses a map interface to show where conversations are occurring and allows users to interface with a specific dialogue.
Slight is an interesting development, a proto-web 3.0 app in the same vein of Foursquare. While the user is not completely tethered to their location, the app initially organizes conversations relative to location and conversations cannot be started except within a user’s specific location. This blend of inflexibility / flexibility towards geo-location is a compelling balance, and could serve as a model of how the virtual and digital realms interact moving forward.