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New Geolocation mobile app launched, Loopt


A new social Geolocation mobile app has launched – Loopt.

Similar to Gowalla and Foursquare, Loopt is more social in that it lets you chat and interact with users around you.

Currently the app is available on the iPhone.

To download the App goto: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/loopt/id281952554

The app is also available on the iPad and is called Loopt Pulse. The company has also released an application for the BlackBerry platform.

Loopt says the service is not for outside the US at the moment however there are alot of international users but they may not get the full list of app features.

The service allows you to create and send Facebook events through the application.

The app also has the ability to turn on background location sharing so your location is shared 24/7 via the multitasking feature in iOS4.

You can customize who you want to share your location with (if decide to indeed share it), how often your location is updated and viewed. Another feature of background location is that you can get alerts if people you know whom are sharing their info with you.

The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. The app works fine on iOS4 aswell.

The app also allows you to download a KML file, which was developed for Google Earth and includes information on their location stops over the last 30 days. This will allows users to upload their KML file to a map – good for photographers and people on holidays.

It will be interesting to see if Foursquare of Gowalla decide to implement some of these more social features. A big updated is expect from Foursquare in version 2.0.

Loopt is based in Mountain View, California, USA and was created in 2005, however their mobile applications on the Apple platform is relatively new. You are able to integrate your Loopt profile with accounts on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The company has received several rounds of funding from Venture Capitalists.


David Cowling :

Editor and Founder of SocialMediaNews.com.au. I also run a Social Media Agency where I do consulting work and another blog dedicated to Instagram news. Connect with me: Twitter | LinkedIn | Google + or contact me here. Alternatively, you can send me an email at david@socialmedianews.com.au











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