Location Apps can be fun, and they can be a great way to let others know where you are. You will find that some applications out there might give out a bit too much information, though, so it’s always a good idea to know just what type of information the app is going to share. Once you find a quality location app to use, though, you will find that you can use it to make your life quite a bit easier. Here are some of the ways that people are using their location sharing apps today.
Find Your Way to a New Restaurant to Meet Friends
If you’ve never been to the hot new restaurant where all of your friends are meeting up for dinner or lunch, then this app could help you so that you do not become lost, or show up too early or late. You can connect with a friend who is on the way to the restaurant or already there and then use the directions that you can get through the app to guide you to the right location.
Determine How Long It Will Take Your Friends to Arrive
If you are at an event such as a county fair, a concert, or you are standing outside of a movie theater, and you are waiting for your friends to arrive, you can use a location app to get a better estimate of their arrival time. This will let you know if you should go ahead and order, get a table, or keep waiting for them.
Find Your Family Members
One of the best reasons to use a location app is to make sure that your family members are safe and where they should be. When you have kids and you need to know that they are where they should be, a location app can be quite helpful.
Use to Find Others on Vacation
If you are on vacation in a new city, and you are trying to meet up with friends or family, giving directions isn’t always easy. Now, you can use the application to find your group no matter where you are.
Eliminate Confusion with Friends
How often have you tried to give directions to your friends and had them sit in silence because they had no idea what you were talking about or where you are? With this type of application, you will find that you do not have to worry about such things. The application will show your location to your friend and even tell them how to get to you!
Are All Location Apps Created Equal?
One of the things that you will quickly realize when you are looking for location apps is that they are all different. Some of the applications will check in for you, and others will post to your social networks. While they might have their uses, they can be a bit intrusive, and they do nothing for your privacy. Other applications, such as Mapfia, have a subtler approach that you might appreciate. The only people who will know your location is the person whom you are calling and using the app with at the moment.
You could keep your app open as your friends are coming to the restaurant and actually see them getting closer, and then turn it off when they are about to arrive. This app is not going to post your location on your social networks, so you do not have to worry about everyone knowing where you are going to be. It is a simple and effective application that will help you with all of the above tasks without causing you to give up even a sliver of your privacy.
David Chen is a writer for Mapfia. Mapfia is a location app that allows you to make “map calls” and see the other Mapfia user’s location in real time on a map anywhere in the world.