MeMap is a new app that compiles all of your and your friends’ social check-ins, from Facebook to Foursquare, Loopt and beyond, and streams them onto one singular map, personalized, and in real-time. Should this scare you?
The short answer is no – at least not so far, and as long as you’re careful.
Yes the free app, launched just this week, knows where you, and your friends, are at all times. And, yes, it displays that information publicly.
But it also offers unique privacy features like a ‘Panic Button’ that allows your personal data to be erased at any time, and customizable privacy settings that you can set to show or not show your check-ins, so you always have control over who sees your location and when.
MeMap works by basically compiling all the geo-location apps loaded on your iPhone – apps like Gowalla, Loopt, Buzzd and Foursquare – and syncing them with your Facebook and Facebook Places.
What you get is one, easy-to-view map updated in real time with all of your shared check-ins. So you can know not just that your friend is in the same neighborhood, but actually see exactly where he or she is, and where in relation to your location.
MeMap is compatible with Facebook Connect, so any location check-in used on Facebook Places or third-party apps linked to Facebook can be recorded.
Your current location can also be shared on the map with other friends using MeMap without you having to check in first, virtually erasing the hassle of all those times you’re trying to meet up with someone but can’t quite find each other.
Beyond the map, there is also a more traditional timeline view of the status updates and wall posts signature to Facebook, and you can browse your friends to see their most recent check-in.
To connect, a user just has to download the app, log in via their Facebook login and then they can immediately see their whole social network on the map.
While the app offers single tap check-ins, it isn’t “always on,” another privacy bonus.
MeMap is currently available only for the iPhone, but is expected to expand to Android devices soon.
The San Francisco-based startup has reportedly already signed up 100 million iOS users on Facebook and is already looking expand the app to other location-based social networks beyond Facebook.