I’ve had the opportunity to test a variety of GPS devices over the years. They’ve always been just ‘ok’ in terms of usability. My favorite one is the one right on the iPhone. What’s missing is the ability to track where you’ve been, or share with your family where you’re going. I found out about a free application that works on the iPhone, and several other devices. InstaMapper allows you to track a person or vehicle online in real time using a GPS-enabled cell phone.
To use InstaMapper, you create a free account. Registration takes only a minute or two. All we ask for is a username, password, and a valid email address. Next, you install a small application on your GPS-enabled phone. When you run the application, it periodically sends your GPS coordinates to InstaMapper servers over the cellular data network.
Login to your account from any computer and you will see the location of your phone, as well as historical data, on an interactive map. You can also export location data in several formats and access it programmatically via an API. If you want to share your location with friends and family, we allow you to embed a map with your location on a web page, blog, or your Facebook profile.
InstaMapper makes it very easy and quick to share your location with family members or friends. It comes in handy if you’re taking a trip, and want to let others track your progress. It can be used for fun facts… or even for personal safety reasons. It’s completely free, and simple to use. The only caveat I have is that it would be entirely too easy to give out wayyyy too much information online. It’s one thing for you to share your home address or location with a close friend or family member. However, you don’t want that put up on a blog for the whole World to see.
InstaMapper gets a big thumbs up from me. I just warn you… be careful with your information, what you share, and with whom.
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