SHAPE Services Adds Neighbors Location-Based Messaging Platform to Its IM+ Mobile Messenger

Allows Users to Chat with Local Friends, Initiate Conversations with People Nearby, and Publish and View Local Offers and Announcements

Mar 22, 2011, 08:05 ET from SHAPE Services

BOSTON, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SHAPE Services, a leading mobile app developer best known for its IM+ All-in-One Mobile Messenger app, today announced that their new location-based messaging service, named "Neighbors," is being added to IM+.  SHAPE will be debuting the new Neighbors platform at MobileFocus, a press/industry only event taking place at the CTIA Wireless trade show in Orlando, Florida (March 22-24, 2011).

The Neighbors platform offers a new dimension to communication in IM+ by providing users the opportunity to find new real life connections and friends, or to buy and sell local services and goods using an interactive map that allows them to identify people in the local area. When signed in, users of Neighbors IM+ will be able to message with local friends as well as initiate conversations with other people who are in close proximity.  They will equally be able to publish and view local offers and announcements.  Users will also have flexible and easy-to-understand privacy settings for disclosing their location, all with the ability to define their location as wide as a house, street or city. A convenient patent pending augmented reality interface that will let Neighbors users to look around with a 360 degree camera view.

"IM+ has always been a pioneering mobile messaging app," said Igor Berezovsky, SHAPE's CEO.  "With Neighbors platform, IM+ will handle a new mission of combining online and real-life communication experiences, turning local people and neighbors into friends as well as helping to facilitate local commerce and exchange."

SHAPE will launch IM+ with Neighbors for iOS devices first, with versions for BlackBerry and Android coming soon.  A standalone version of the Neighbors app is also in the works.

About SHAPE Services

Boston, MA-based SHAPE Services is a leading mobile app developer best known for several top selling apps for iPhone, BlackBerry and other smartphones. SHAPE is the only company to develop apps that have reached the top rankings in four iTunes App Store categories: Social Networking, Business, Utilities and Productivity.  The company has grown from a small startup into a highly profitable, self-funded multi-million dollar business with 60+ great shapers working across the US, Europe and Asia.  SHAPE's flagship product, IM+, which connects users on every social platform and allows them to communicate across all public messaging systems, is the most feature-rich instant messaging app available on the market today. Shape Services is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. For more information, go to