Fatdoor: Your neighborhood social network

Still in stealth mode, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup is launching a new social network based on geography.

Still barely three months old, Fatdoor can probably be forgiven for delaying its promised Web 2.0 Expo launch. Originally scheduled for an April 15 rollout, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company says it will make its public debut on May 1 instead.

But Fatdoorhad no qualms about setting up a booth in the Expo hall and answering--or not answering, as the case may be--questions about the social network and mapping service still in stealth mode.


Fatdoor CTO Chandu Thota, whose background is in mapping, claims the service is more Web 3.0 than 2.0, as in plus user-generated content.

What we do know: Fatdoor's chairman is Bill Harris, former CEO of Intuit and Paypal. The service will be like social white pages--pre-seeded with information about people and where they're located at its launch. Its reach will be national, but the tag line is "get to know your neighbors." Groups and search will be based on political leanings, ethnicity and activities.

Stay tuned for more on Fatdoor when it launches.

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