The free service, Banjo, is the brainchild of 38-year-old tech entrepreneur Damien Patton. It launched this week and is available for iPhone and Android owners.
“It was started because I missed out on a personal connection,” Patton said. “It brings all the social information together into one convenient place on the mobile device.”
Banjo aggregates information from a variety of sources, including popular social networks like Facebook and Foursquare. It keeps users apprised of social activity in a particular spot, whether that’s where they’re currently standing or some 1,000 miles away, Patton explained.
Users decide whether to connect with others or just browse what’s going on at the chosen location, he added, describing his overlay app as having a “ripple effect.”