Thanks for your insight.
Will the areas be segmented in the app for easy access?
Yes the areas are definitely segmented. No need for turning on your location. There is an offline location data ready to download which is just 1MB and it contains thousands of Nigeria locations for Nigerians and it includes, cities, villages, towns, state, univerisities, colleges, polytechnics etc. And if you cannot find a location, you can simply search for it as we have an online location database available, or use the sample guide as stated in the app to enter your location, or you check for your location data update under settings.
Will users have to login first?
No, AreaStatus is implemented just like WhatsApp because we know that people will exploring their favorite locations several times throughout the day.
Registration is by phone number and then you will logged in just like WhatsApp.
Is it going to work like TWTR or FB?
AreaStatus allows you to set your favorite locations with default locations already set for you which are Home, Work, School. There is a timeline where you can view post related to a particular location. You can easily post to your top locations (Home, Work, School) without having to check-in to the location directly.
After checking to a particular location, you can then filter the post using our popular tags e.g News, Events etc. or by trending tags as generated from users posts.
Finally, why an app? I'm thinking you could just create a pretty nimble web platform and see how things pan out first.
Like I stated earlier, it is a kind of app that will be useful and be used quite frequently which we also validated from our early users so going mobile first will be better strategy. Then there will be a web version later on.