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    So does this app send SMS messages to a specific geographic area, Ross? Like a police alert, or a missing child alarm?

    To what geographic area does it send that message? How large/small is that area? Can I select which geographic area to send it to? Do others have to be specifically logged into this service to receive my messages?
     
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    Hi Chuck,
    It sends a message to all people in a geographic area. You can specify any area you would like. Like an email you click the "To" address.... the app then opens a map which allows you to pan/zoom to the area you would like to send the message.

    Sending out police alerts/amber alerts or even creating a neighborhood watch was one of my main motivations for initially writing the app.

    Others will not have to be logged in to receive your messages, just have the app downloaded or check the website. SMS, I'm currently looking into trying to hook this into the system.

    Thanks for the feedback,
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    Thanks for your response.
    So people must have the app installed to be able to receive my message? So it is like a chat or ping app?

    If, after registering and logging in, I compose a message your name appears as the sender. Not mine...
    How do I change that?
     
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    correct... i think of it personally as more of a ping app ... but its whatever you would like...

    The sender as me... ooops missed that one in testing... You'll be the sender when you send it... i forgot to update that text field in the sending of a message... will fix that asap.. Thanks for the heads up on that one...


    Thanks,
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    Thanks again.
    Yes I saw the sender change to my name when I sent my message. But your name in there (at first) is of course confusing.

    But since my message can only be received by others who have GeoMessage installed this app has a distribution problem: nobody's got it (yet). I just sent a message to an urban area with a 3 mile radius. No response...
    For a second test I sent a message to the whole country (the size of a US state). No response...
     
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    unfortunately that is the problem with any app like this... there are around 2000 people using it right now... mostly in the us. have to start out some where though...
     
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    GeoMessage will need a lot of promotion if you want it to go anywhere...
     
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    one thing to note though... is that you don't need to many people... my neighborhood sends out all notifications using this app.
     
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    Just did a 3rd test. To all of Europe. But the message hangs in the sending process: 'submitting message' for 5 minutes already. Must be a bug. Will have to kill it of course.

    But, if I understand it correctly, only people with GeoMessaging installed can receive your (and others') messages, right?
     
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    thanks for the info... will look into it...
     
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    Tip: add another functionality to the app. One that will work/be effective from the moment it was installed. One that will lure in the users
     
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    i have thought about doing similar things... and maybe i should add it... the only drawback i seen was that it really kills your battery quickly as i have to collect your gps frequently to update your location. but will consider it in future releases. thanks for the help... its great to get feedback... are you a developer by chance?

    Thanks,
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    note the website www.myhoodsnews.com has a feature where you can see what people are in an area (if they register)... the username and pwd you used for the android app can be used to log into this.
     
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    With a satnav/traffic information system the battery is not a consideration because the phone is on the charger anyway.

    No, I haven't got time for that. But I'm a user with a touch of common sense (unless I'm stoned of course... :D ).
     
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    That's like the Latitude and FourSquare apps.
     
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    i actually look at it as the exact opposite of latitude and foursquare... as you don't check in with a location (i am here)... but rather send emails/messages to people in a geographic location....
     

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