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08-09-2010, 12:18 PM #1
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!
Last edited by n00neimp0rtant; 08-09-2010 at 09:06 PM.
08-09-2010, 04:48 PM #2
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.
Last edited by Shishir G; 08-09-2010 at 04:48 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
08-09-2010, 04:52 PM #3
Most Twitter apps do this too.
08-09-2010, 05:02 PM #4
Could this also work in a way to find your iPhone if someone stole it? Just curious. Yes or No, please.
08-09-2010, 05:06 PM #5
08-09-2010, 05:09 PM #6
nice idea.. ima download it NOW..
nice work Scott ;o)"Jane, get me off this crazy thing !!!!"
08-09-2010, 05:14 PM #7
08-09-2010, 05:20 PM #8
I didn't know you lived in the Apple headquartersName? whereswaldo
iDevice + Firmware? 32GB Black iPhone 4 iOS 5.0
Computer + OS? Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen i5, 2.3 Ghz, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM Windows 7 HP
Found yet? No
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08-09-2010, 05:25 PM #9
08-09-2010, 05:33 PM #10
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.
08-09-2010, 06:35 PM #11
Now my stalkers will be able to find me easily !!!
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08-09-2010, 06:46 PM #12
What part of Santa Cruz u from? I grew up there, went to aptos high!
08-09-2010, 07:08 PM #13
08-09-2010, 07:10 PM #14
A link to the app would be nice since there are so many with the name nearby
08-09-2010, 07:29 PM #15
gonna snag this app now
08-09-2010, 07:59 PM #16
Gonna grab it now, thanks Scott! Keep up the great work!!
08-09-2010, 08:08 PM #17
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.
08-09-2010, 08:27 PM #18
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08-09-2010, 08:43 PM #19
08-09-2010, 08:46 PM #20
Sweet app I can use this for all kinds of things. Will it work while on the move?