With the recent hybridization of social networking and location sharing applications such as FourSquare and Facebook, it has become increasingly common to share your whereabouts with the entire world at all times. The problem is, this can also prove to be a double edged sword, because not only are you sharing where you are, but this also points out where you are NOT.
For example, if I were a web-connected criminal of the 21st century (though I am not, rest assured), I might view a FourSquare check-in from the secluded island resort where you are vacationing as a “please burgle my house” notification. This is the exact reason why I have not taken part in these social networking experiments. If big brother is already looking at you, why make it easier, right?
At the risk of sounding like a paranoid mess, I can see the merits of the aforementioned FourSquare and Facebook tools — the problem is that there is no control over who you are sending the notifications to. This is where a brilliant new app BePut from Grip’d steps in. The developer best sums up the application’s functionality this way:
“Send driving directions of your exact location to whomever you want. Whether you want to invite your friends to a secret party or tell your client where to meet, Be Put works. Recipients receive a secure and unique “FindMe” key that is required for getting directions…
…Best of all, if you send your location to a friend who doesn’t have the app, they can still get directions with no hassle.” — VIA Be Put Development Blog
I can only imagine that this would be the dream of poor navigators like myself. No longer am I limited to following the crummy directions of my friends, because with a click of the button I can get a location and turn by turn walk-through at a moment’s notice. Better yet, you don’t have to be sharing this information with the entire world in the process. So if you really love your navigationally challenged friends, go out and get this app now. I, erm, I mean THEY will all thank you for it later.
Released: 2010-08-19 :: Category: Navigation
Tagged with: BePut, check-in, facebook, Foursquare, Grip'd, mapping