Almost a year ago, Apple introduced Find My iPhone, an iOS app that locates your iPhone, through an Apple me.com account. It allows you to either send a display message to your phone, a new passcode that will lock it down, or permanently wipe all of the data. With the introduction of iOS 5, Apple has created a similar app for finding your friends and family members called Find My Friends.
Find My Friends enables you to geolocate your friends from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (running the latest operating software, iOS 5). The app requires that both you and your friends are running the program on an iOS device. You and your friends must also have an Apple ID and an iCloud account for the app to work. You can use your contacts in your Address Book to send invitations, but the process doesn’t tell you if your friends has an iPhone or other iOS device.
After your friends accept your request for location information, you will be able to keep track of where they are. Find My Friends might be useful for keeping track of your teenager or traveling companions when you’re on a vacation. You can’t contact selected found friends from within the app, but you can connect through FaceTime, phone, or email. But the app could also have other consequences. Allegedly, it has already been held responsible for exposing an affair and breaking up a marriage.
You can also use the Temporary feature to allow selected friends to receive your geolocation for a specified period of time without them requesting it.
Find My Friends is a free download from the iTunes App Store.
What do you think of the app? Extremely useful or rather creepy?