“Standing in line at Starbucks.”
“Back home from the gym.”
“Heading to the grocery – what should I make for dinner?”
Is this how your Facebook live feed looks? Some people absolutely have to share every bit of their day on Facebook with their friends, from the exciting to the mundane. If you’re a self-confessed Facebook addict, this app will help get your friends really up to speed with where you are. Despite my earlier sarcasm, this app could also prove incredibly useful in an emergency situation.
GPS Book, designed by Big Hill Software, utilizes the iPhone’s GPS capabilities to pinpoint your exact location and easily share it with you friends. First, how it works: open the app, and you’ll see one simple button. Tap it, and GPS Book will automatically detect your exact location. You can specify just how exact by adjusting the settings, which gives you the option of changing the unit of measure (imperial or metric), the maximum calculation time (up to two minutes), and the desired GPS accuracy (up to 1640 feet or 500 meters).
When GPS Book locates you, it gives you the option of naming your location. This is what will appear on your live feed, so feel free to be detailed and include a short message. After naming the location, you can send, or send and save the location to your favorites for quick access next time.
Enter your Facebook login information (and check “keep me logged in” for next time) and you’re done! All of your followers will immediately be able to see your update, including your message and location, your latitude and longitude, and a link to Google maps for a visual representation of exactly where you are.
This can be a fun and easy way of letting everyone know where the party is, or an amazingly helpful tool when you’re stranded with a flat tire and need someone to come pick you up. Remember, although this app works with the iPod Touch, you’ll need to be in a WiFi zone to use it.
GPS Book is available for $1.99, or as part of a set. With GPS Me for iPhone, you get GPS Book along with GPS Mail (email), GPS Tweet (Twitter), and GPS Text (text messaging), giving you more ways to alert others to your location for a total of $4.99. GPS Book, GPS Tweet, and GPS Mail are also available as a package with GPS Me for iPod Touch for $3.99 (the Touch doesn’t allow text messaging).
GPS Book works, it’s fast, and it’s a great way to let all of your friends know at exactly which Starbucks you got that pumpkin spice latte.
GPS Book requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch (second generation).