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Do you use GPS and location-based tools for more than directions?

For a while it seemed like everything was going to use locations—to-do list apps that’d remind us of tasks when we were near where they needed to be done, forms that’d show where the job request or survey was filled out, doors that’d unlock when we pull in the driveway, smart games and location discovery tools and social networks based on who’s nearby.

Did any of the more interesting location use-cases stick for you? Do you use any location services in your work to manage tasks and more? Or is Google Maps—and perhaps using it to promote a real-world business—the most you use GPS and location tracking tools for?

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NBNite's avatar
almost 2 years ago

The Citizen app - not exactly work related but location-based nonetheless.
Living in NYC, the noise from sirens, helicopters, and general police activity is an everyday occurrence. Every so often though, there seems to be a bit more action than usual and I like to get an idea of what's going on.
I used to rely on Twitter to find these sort of updates but as of late, I've found myself using the Citizen app and find it's localized approach and updates incredibly informative.

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@maguay (replying to @NBNite )
almost 2 years ago

Oh good call, I've seen the Citizen app mentioned a lot on Twitter. Not sure if it's available in my city, though there is a Twitter feed and Facebook group done by one of the old call-in radio stations that taxi drivers would listen to for traffic and weather updates—they now tend to post hyper-local events (exists blocked, accidents, per-street flash flooding, etc.) that's super valuable since you'd never get that level of coverage from standard news.

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@NBNite (replying to @maguay )
almost 2 years ago

What I find most fascinating about apps like this is how the people who use them/feed the information in often do it for completely selfless reasons and solely to help others out. Similarly to Waze/Google Maps, so many of updates regrading police, red-light cameras, accidents are provided because other users have submitted that information.

The golden rule is a good rule to live by!

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@maguay (replying to @NBNite )
almost 2 years ago

Great point. Wikipedia's another huge example there, as are all the open-source components that power modern tech. Amazing how many of the best parts of tech are community-driven!

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