Banjo is a mobile social discovery app that gathers photos, statuses, and tweets tagged with locations. This is pretty cool, except when we get notified that people we don’t even know are nearby. Enter Banjo’s new “trending places” feature that lets users quickly navigate to any place in the world where updates are being posted.

This would be a great way to stay up to date with planned events and even natural disasters. The first event that will take advantage of this feature is the London Olympics. Banjo just released a new version of the app today that includes this newest feature.

Banjo works from anywhere in the world, on iPhones or Androids. Users can peruse photos and posts of each Olympic venue and sport. If users are at home when the Olympics start on Friday, they can fire up the TV and their phone to see all the athlete and fan photos from the Olympic stadium. Banjo’s new feature is great for those people that are always on the go and don’t have time to sit and watch the Olympics on TV. Users can check their Banjo updates at any point.

What’s great is that users don’t need to know who to follow ahead of time as anything that is geo-tagged to that place and time is likely to show up. Banjo is great to browse places all over the world and see what people are saying about a certain event. Banjo gathers posts from Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Banjo has been around for about two years and has generated two million registered users. At this point, trending places are global but will soon be personalized, according to Damien Patton, CEO of Banjo.

Source and Image Credit: AllThingsD

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