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Old September 27th, 2012, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Viber location sharing feature...

Hi all! I'm new to the forum!

I have a question/problem with the Viber location sharing feature.

I can see some of my contacts location, but others I cant see.

I have looked up the ...helpme.viber.com....knowledgebase...., and there is an instruction that was posted in October 2011. Since I cant post links yet, I post a quote:

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Viber now becomes Location-Aware:

How about sending your friends your present location? Viber has also has this fanatastic feature, and as always, we have kept it simple. Share your current location with your contacts so that they will know from where your message was sent. When sharing your current location, it will be attached to every outgoing message. And of course your privacy is most important to us, so this feature can be enabled or disabled by simply tapping the 'location' button that has been added next to the input box.



1. Click on 'Compose'.

2. Choose a Viber contact.

3. Click on 'Options' and turn 'On' the 'Share location' option.
What I cant see in my Viber software, is the "on 'Options' and turn 'On' the 'Share location' option."

Did this "turn 'On' " option disappear over time since last year, or is it that I just cant find it??

Maybe someone can post a phone screen shot that shows this "turn 'On' " ?!

A second question is , why location accuracy not seems to be better than about 300ft, even when gps is turned on??



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Hi all! I'm new to the forum!

I have a question/problem with the Viber location sharing feature.

I can see some of my contacts location, but others I cant see.

I have looked up the ...helpme.viber.com....knowledgebase...., and there is an instruction that was posted in October 2011. Since I cant post links yet, I post a quote:



What I cant see in my Viber software, is the "on 'Options' and turn 'On' the 'Share location' option."

Did this "turn 'On' " option disappear over time since last year, or is it that I just cant find it??

Maybe someone can post a phone screen shot that shows this "turn 'On' " ?!
I don't use Viber, so I don't know.

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A second question is , why location accuracy not seems to be better than about 300ft, even when gps is turned on??

In that case it looks like Viber uses only tower triangulation for location. Not GPS.

If you would like to let your party know (exactly) where you are you can send them a free 'Glympse'. Then they can see your GPS location – including your movements – in realtime on a dynamic zoomable map in their web browser. Time limited for privacy.
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In that case it looks like Viber uses only tower triangulation for location. Not GPS.
hmmm....seems like accuracy improves from 2000-3000ft to 300ft when gps is turned on...
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If you would like to let your party know (exactly) where you are you can send them a free 'Glympse'. Then they can see your GPS location including your movements in realtime on a dynamic zoomable map in their web browser. Time limited for privacy.
Thank You for the Glympse hint, I just downloaded it, and will review it shortly. Although my problem is that I want some of my contacts to be able to locate my with out my "Glympse" message, and I also want some of my contacts to be able to show me their location without they have to send a "glympse". This is for a friendly bi-voluntarily purpose. Could also be for safety.

The extension of this quality, if accuracy could be at regular GPS quality, would be to setup some fun ways to play "hide and seek" out in the 3G/4G covered "woods" or outdoor downtown.... call it Viber Paint Ball, where you shot your buddy with a Viber photo message...first to shoot wins, looser pay the dinner....
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I want some of my contacts to be able to locate my with out my "Glympse" message, and I also want some of my contacts to be able to show me their location without they have to send a "glympse". This is for a friendly bi-voluntarily purpose. Could also be for safety.
Either party can do that by setting up Latitude (probably preloaded on your device), FourSquare, or similar. They operate, however, on the basis of 'permanently-on', which leaves no room, literally, for privacy. That may not be desirable. Glympse is time limited to deal with exactly that problem.

You also need to realize that permanently 'broadcasting' (or 'narrowcasting' as with Glympse) your location will negatively impact your battery life.
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Either party can do that by setting up Latitude (probably preloaded on your device), FourSquare, or similar. They operate, however, on the basis of 'permanently-on', which leaves no room, literally, for privacy. That may not be desirable. Glympse is time limited to deal with exactly that problem.

You also need to realize that permanently 'broadcasting' (or 'narrowcasting' as with Glympse) your location will negatively impact your battery life.
Thanks for your very knowledgeable comments. Of course (oh come on) I am aware of the privacy issues, and I never said anything about being "permanently broadcasting"....

Since you seems to be very "Glympse'd", I will check it out now...

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Glympse is "cool"....wish there was a feature to send location from Glympse via Viber sms and without having to "copy and paste"....
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I never said anything about being "permanently broadcasting"....
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Although my problem is that I want some of my contacts to be able to locate my with out my "Glympse" message, and I also want some of my contacts to be able to show me their location without they have to send a "glympse".
That means permanently-on...
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That means permanently-on...
nope, only when we are in the "view each others location session"....might not be longer than 14 min and 59 seconds...thats why I started this thread to ask about how to turn it on (and off)....

And I am not "frekkishly" afraid of showing my location in public, since I only have "clean flour in my bag...."

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You can terminate a 'Glympse' any second by tapping the big red cross, by killing the app, or, if necessary, by rebooting the phone...

I think I'll stay here for a while to watch the wildlife: http://glympse.com/MTV-2YC
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