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| October 28, 2011
The iOS Academy: Find My Friends
In today's iOS Academy we're going to be looking at one of the new apps Apple introduced with iOS 5, Find My Friends. For those unfamiliar with the app, Find My Friends is a Google Latitude-like service that allows you to share your location with friends or colleagues. The most practical use of the app would be locating family members or friends in a large event setting. For starters, you will need to go to the App Store and download the app onto your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch for free. After the install is finished just open the app and sign in using your Apple ID. Once you've signed in you will see the four tabs at the bottom for navigation: All, Temporary, Me, and Requests. [caption id="attachment_241029" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="iPad - Find My Friends"][/caption] Now the "All" tab is where all of your friends (temporary and constant) can be found. You can tap on All Friends where you'll be shown a zoomed out view of the map featuring pins at the location of all your friends or just tap the individual friend you wish to locate. Each friend will have their name, time they were located, and how far they are from you. The next tab "Temporary" indicates the friends you have allowed to follow you for a certain amount of time that you dictate in the invitation. This comes in handy for colleagues and friends that you just want to share you location with while trying to meet up at a large event. The "Me" tab showcases all of your followers and gives you the ability to remove them at any time. Also on the tab is the Hide from Followers switch that you simply slide on and off to enable or disable the ability to have followers see your location. "Requests" is a tab that allows you to view all the incoming follower requests you receive from fellow iOS users wanting to follow you. just let me know. [gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="ID"]