There is now yet another way to keep track of good friends, family and even sneaky significant others. The recently released Here You Are app allows you to keep track of the whereabouts of friends, boyfriends or anyone else who has an iPhone.
Created by Stan Olekhnovich, the app uses Push Notification technology and the GPS system in iPhones to allow users to send and receive location information. Although the app gets rid of the need for “Where are you?” text messages or phone calls when meeting a friend, Here You Are does allow users to attach an SMS message to location notifications.
The easy-to-use app offers a street address and pinpoint on a map when location information is sent. The app can also be programmed to automatically reply to location messages from friends and peers if the app is switched to Autoreply mode. Conversely, users can turn off their location information on the app’s embedded map; letting you keep your position to yourself when need be.
The app also lets you keep track of your fellow Here You Are users by linking your peer list to your phone’s address book. To get started with the app, you have to create and enter a username and codeword. When you have a friend who is also using the app, you exchange usernames and codewords so that your phones will be able to communicate location information to one another.
Even if your friend is not actively using the app at the moment, you can still send your location and they will receive a notification that will allow them to see where you are positioned. Here You Are is a highly-flexible, user-friendly app that provides you and your friends with an easy way to stay in touch with one another, which can be very useful in crowded places like concerts and festivals or even during a trip to the mall!
The Here You Are app is available for the iPhone and 2nd generation iPod touch. The app requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later and 0.5 MB. A small fee was paid by the developer to expedite the publication of this review.