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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. Shishir G's Avatar
      Shishir G -
      omg ur ******* awemose.d.f,hdf.h

      so now i can tell my mom that i'm in the other room without having to use any voice? thats ******* awesome.
    1. loafomatic's Avatar
      loafomatic -
      Most Twitter apps do this too.
    1. sLevin1fo's Avatar
      sLevin1fo -
      Could this also work in a way to find your iPhone if someone stole it? Just curious. Yes or No, please.
    1. Shishir G's Avatar
      Shishir G -
      Quote Originally Posted by sLevin1fo View Post
      Could this also work in a way to find your iPhone if someone stole it? Just curious. Yes or No, please.
      if the person who stole your iphone opens this and texts you saying "haha i got your iphone and u dunno where i am!!!" then yes.
    1. evolasme's Avatar
      evolasme -
      nice idea.. ima download it NOW..


      nice work Scott ;o)
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by sLevin1fo View Post
      Could this also work in a way to find your iPhone if someone stole it? Just curious. Yes or No, please.
      Most likely not; that's not what the app was intended for. Find my iPhone is great at that, and Cerebro (free on Cydia) does it too.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Nice job.
      I didn't know you lived in the Apple headquarters
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Nice job.
      I didn't know you lived in the Apple headquarters
      Neither does iPhone Simulator.app, apparently =]
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Ugh... requires 4.0... I will not upgrade to 4.0 until I am forced to by upgrading to the iPhone 4... And by then we should have a decent amount of support for jailbroken apps. I am still bitter about SnowCover Pro and Status Notifier.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Now my stalkers will be able to find me easily !!!
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      @santacruzlocal

      What part of Santa Cruz u from? I grew up there, went to aptos high!
    1. bllewisii's Avatar
      bllewisii -
      Downloaded this last night. Haven't been able to truly use it yet since no one has needed my location, but looks great and seems easy enough to use. Great job, Scott!
    1. nkgneto's Avatar
      nkgneto -
      A link to the app would be nice since there are so many with the name nearby
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      gonna snag this app now
    1. FireMedic92's Avatar
      FireMedic92 -
      Gonna grab it now, thanks Scott! Keep up the great work!!
    1. L00i3's Avatar
      L00i3 -
      I went ahead and grabbed it. Clicked a couple ads too, though I didn't buy anything from them. Nice app though, I could see how it could come in handy.
    1. rryyddeerr's Avatar
      rryyddeerr -
      pulled already?
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by rryyddeerr View Post
      pulled already?
      Huh?
    1. Roush00's Avatar
      Roush00 -
      Sweet app I can use this for all kinds of things. Will it work while on the move?
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by Roush00 View Post
      Sweet app I can use this for all kinds of things. Will it work while on the move?
      As long as you have GPS signal. The app will always use the exact location shown by the blue dot in the map, so you'll have to send each message as a separate text, but it will work while moving.