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  • Nearby, a Free App to Text Your Location

    MMi member n00neimp0rtant (that's me =] ) recently released a new app on the App Store called Nearby that texts your exact location to anyone using the new in-app SMS API, even if they don't have a smartphone. It will find your current location, let you know when it is accurate enough, then form the coordinates into a Google Maps URL (bit.ly shortening is built-in and optional) and send in a text, email, or copy to the clipboard for pasting elsewhere. On iPhones (and even Android phones!) the links will open up right inside of the built-in Maps app on the phone. If you don't have a smartphone, you can even just type the URL into any Internet browser and it will display in Google Maps. It's the kind of app that's not just for a specific user group; it's for anyone who has ever been texted "Where are you?"

    A little known fact: Apple actually integrated the ability to share your location in a MMS or email into the iOS 3 software update last year; however, the process is clunky and inconvenient, and the recipient will receive an MMS with a vCard contact file rather than a simple short link. Nearby intends to be the solution to that nastiness by making location sharing an on-demand, one-tap, instantaneous operation.

    Nearby is available on the App Store right now, free of charge and supported by iAds. The support is appreciated, and it's a nice way to thank me for that other thing I've been working on! (New features are already under development, and retina display support is almost finished!)

    Click here to download right now!

    EDIT: Big thanks to the MMi crew for putting this on the front page! This will help me out so much, thanks!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Nearby, a Free App to Text Your Location started by n00neimp0rtant View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. rryyddeerr's Avatar
      rryyddeerr -
      not showing up on appstore search
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by rryyddeerr View Post
      not showing up on appstore search
    1. rryyddeerr's Avatar
      rryyddeerr -
      search "nearby-text your location"
    1. punklove's Avatar
      punklove -
      BOO! Requires 4.0. What bout us 2g users! Lame. Please update.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by punklove View Post
      BOO! Requires 4.0. What bout us 2g users! Lame. Please update.
      iAds and in-app SMS are new to 4.0.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      2G is phased out by Apple. It is sad but true. Next year will be 3G.
    1. Mr. Quackers's Avatar
      Mr. Quackers -
      Downloaded it, fun stuff. For free you can't complain. Good job. I just sent out a text to everyone telling them to download it with my location.
    1. mrRected's Avatar
      mrRected -
      wow. why does everyone need to know where everyone is all the time? I thought the point of having a cell phone was so you avoid people and lie about where you are at.
      It's a cool app but I will not be using it.

      btw, I'm at the Starbucks by the mall if anyone wants to meet up. lol
    1. keyztolope's Avatar
      keyztolope -
      Doesnt work for me, but works for a friend. we are both using iphone 4's on 4.0.1 but mine is jailbroken and his is not. Every time I try to send location, url shortened or not, it either sends coordinates 0,0 or a long list of coordinates that google maps then says "No Results Found"
      I do have location spoofer installed, but have it set to never spoof this app.
    1. miguelwrang's Avatar
      miguelwrang -
      Hey good app. No idea why this sort of thing isn't integrated into the Map app.

      Just some potential improvements you could make...

      -ability to move the pin in case you're inside and can not get a good gps lock.
      -different reply templates
      -make the map screen bigger- there is a lot of wasted screen real estate.
    1. Blazer0x's Avatar
      Blazer0x -
      I'll stick to Foursquare and/or Brightkite. Nice app though, I like that it uses google maps.