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Instead of checking in, a new app paves the way for you to simply arrive.
Arrived, which launched on Thursday, automatically checks you into locations based on your phones GPS data and tells friends that youre there.
Heres how it works: You select locations as specific as an address or as broad as a country for which youd like to alert friends of your presence. You add friends from your phone book (Facebook friends coming soon) to each location who will receive either a text message or, if they are also using the iPhone app, a push notification every time youre there.
The idea is to automatically notify friends when youre in a place where it might make sense to connect in person. You might, for instance, have different groups of friends you alert when visiting Chicago or New York, friends who work nearby whom you alert at your favorite happy hour bar and a workout buddy to ping when youre at the gym.
We help you manufacture your own serendipity, founder and CEO Clarence Wooten says.
There are other practical applications. One of the private alpha testers, for instance, uses it to let his 13 year-old daughter notify him when she gets home from school.
Arrived has several features that prevent it from becoming as creepy as automatic checkins might first sound. Theres a setting that will remind you of your outgoing arrival notifications before they are sent and give you an option to cancel them. Users can also put friends on pause if theyd like to stop sharing location information with them and go incognito if they want to stop notifying everyone.
Apps such as Mayor Maker and Shopkick have also experimented with automatic checkins. Arrived has used a similar technology to for a different purpose: Instead of making it easier to earn rewards from Foursquare or brands, it makes it possible to tell specific people.
The function is not much different than sending a mass email or text message to a group of friends to tell them youre in town, except that you only have to set it up once.
Says Wooten: We want to put the face-to-face back into social.
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