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Sonar Adds New Features, Wants to Be Your ‘Here-Now’ Social Network

Mr. Martin just a year ago. (Photo: Getty/AOL)

The news just keeps rolling out of TechCrunch Disrupt. (Guys, please save us a few stories for next week.) Sonar.me debuted last year on the battlefield and came close to taking home the grand prize. Today, they’re debuting several new features with the goal of becoming your “here-now social network.” Here’s what’s new: First off, they’re adding tweet-like status messages, which’ll show up for friends and other relevant people nearby. They’re also adding notifications, so connections’ll get a ping when you show up nearby. (They’ll see your status message.) You can also now privately message someone who shows up in your vicinity. Read More

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Brett Martin Wants to Party Tonight

Mr. Martin just a year ago. (Photo: Getty/AOL)

New York founder Brett Martin is presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt his mobile app Sonar.me, which displays people in the room you would want to meet or have friends in common with based on your online social graph. He built it because he used to sit in bars, wanting to meet new friends and Ruby developers, but instead checked messages on his phone from people miles away. “How do I tell people that I want to party tonight?” he asked. “Which I do!” (We hear the unofficial afterparty is with Qwiki and Stylecaster at Casa La Femme in the West Village.)