Check in and check out with Friends Around Me app

Sep 16, 2010
Tech

The latest rage in social media is, of course, location-based networking. And the free Friends Around Me iPhone app allows you to share your whereabouts — and track the whereabouts of friends — with ease. Create a new account with Friends Around Me, or sign in using existing accounts on Foursquare, Twitter and/or Facebook. And […]

The latest rage in social media is, of course, location-based networking. And the free Friends Around Me iPhone app allows you to share your whereabouts — and track the whereabouts of friends — with ease.

Create a new account with Friends Around Me, or sign in using existing accounts on Foursquare, Twitter and/or Facebook. And then get ready to socialize.

Check in and check out as you move from location to location. This is probably most useful if you are heading out for a night on the town and need to connect with friends. A map allows you to track who on your list of friends is your immediate proximity. It certainly beats a barely audible phone call.

The app includes features such as free group chat, as well as easy integration with other social media networks. All profiles are open, so you can browse at your leisure. You can also rank photos and send virtual gifts.

One distinct feature of the iPhone app is an alert feature that notifies you when somebody has checked out your profile. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is up to you to decide.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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