UPDATE: Shape wanted to clarify that the public beta of IM+ Pro v9 is a free beta. No word on if it will remain free after the beta.
Shape let us know about their new public beta of IM+ Po v18.104.22.168 which they just released. They are bringing a whole new dimension to their cross platform instant messaging client by adding in location. You will be able to locate your friends using IM+ on a map and chat with them. Better yet it also lets you chat with other people who are located around you. Personally I think that is a bit creepy but its sort of like a mash up of Foursquare and BBM.
Wikitude showed off something similar coming with BlackBerry OS 7 and augmented reality but IM+ Pro has some more tricks. With IM+ Pro v9 you will be able to find new connections and friends with common interests. You will also be able to buy and sell local services and good. In your status update you can offer your local goods or services and see offers in your area.
Its a pretty aggressive move by Shape with IM+ Pro v9 but who knows it may take off. I feel like it might have a better chance if it did not carry the usually high IM+ price tag. You can check out the beta of IM+ Pro v9 at this link.