Find My Friends - A Basic Overview
The idea behind 'Find My Friends' is a simple one, but one that seems so remarkably obvious as a smartphone companion that you'd be surprised companies didn't include it for widespread implementation before. Essentially, the application displays a map for you, and you can see all of your friends' locations placed upon that map via little markers with their picture. Pretty neat, eh? There are a few catches though:
- You can only see friends who have given you permission to request their location. No sneaking a peek at where your ex-partner is hanging out at without them knowing!
- You don't see all of your friends displayed at once -- you have to request their locations first, and then they will show up on the map within a few seconds.
- If your friends don't have the app installed, you won't be able to see their locations.
Other than that, it's pretty much exactly what you'd think, and at the end of the day, it's definitely better that you can't sneak looks at the locations of people who don't want you seeing their private information. After all, would you want someone being able to track your every movement without your permission? I would think not!
If you're still confused about why this might be useful, consider the following scenarios -- if you're a parent, your kid is late coming home and you're worried he might be somewhere he shouldn't, or that he's stuck somewhere and not sure what to do, your anxiety is now allayed by Apple. Simply turn on 'Find My Friends', select your kid, and in seconds you'll know his or her exact location. If you don't have kids, imagine that you're trying to make plans with someone on a place to meet up, but you're not sure where halfway between the two of you is. Problem solved again! Just check 'Find My Friends' and you can locate the perfect meeting place that won't inconvenience either of you too much.