• HipGeo app merges social and travel

    2012-09-07

    The success of mobile-friendly social programs like Twitter and Instagram has given way to a welcome piece of travel gadget news. Frequent travelers know that social media can be a great way to keep in touch with friends and family on the road, and with smartphone apps like HipGeo sharing experiences is easier than ever.

    HipGeo acts a combination of social media and journaling, allowing travelers to map out where they are while personalizing this information for sharing among friends and followers. Users can take pictures or video throughout their trip and document their actions with text captions. Any updates are then synced to a map to pinpoint exactly where the user was at that point in time. Travelers can also share their trips through other media sites or follow friends within the HipGeo interface.

    The app lends itself easily to road trips or student travel. Documenting semesters abroad would be incredibly simple with a location tracking feature that is similar to "checking-in" on Facebook or FourSquare.

    HipGeo also has a number of special features to make the journaling process easier. There are settings for privately tracking a user's itinerary  with the option to go back later and make the posts public or add multimedia. Another valuable option will store updates until WiFi connectivity is restored, thereby avoiding roaming charges.

    HipGeo recently released an iOS version of its app and is free to download. 

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