Shizzow opens Private Beta

Location is one of the latest features—or central focus—of many of today’s social networking apps. And so, it seems that location-based services appear to pop up every day.

The Apple iPhone’s spate of location based apps is a perfect example.

But when was the last time you found a location-based networking service that was focused on your community?

Enter Shizzow. A location-based social networking service for Portland, Oregon. And only Portland, Oregon.

Shizzow provides the technology for you to notify your friends of your location, with as little effort as possible, so you can spend more time hanging out with your peeps and less time trying to coordinate bringing them together through phone, email, SMS and IM.

Currently, in private beta, Shizzow promises to provide a more simple and straightforward way of finding friends and acquaintances:

Shizzow is designed to understand where you are—and to tell people where you are—as simply and easily as possible. And I’ve been duly impressed by how hard they’ve worked to make sure that the database of locations is as deep and intuitive as possible.

For more information, visit Shizzow. Or to get a beta account of your own, show up to Portland Lunch 2.0 on Wednesday, where Shizzow will be handing out beta accounts to Lunch 2.0 attendees.