Frequently Asked Questions

A meetup map is designed to help track down friends who are supposed to be meeting you, but are lost or late. Instead of getting aggravated or stressed, you will pull out your phone and text your missing friends a polite message like "Where the Feerce are you?" which contains a link to the meetup map.

The first critical component of a meetup map is its ability to show you and your friends' dynamic locations on a map, so you can instantly see where all of you are without having to phone your friends (and have them tell you they are by some street you've never heard of). The second critical component is instant messaging, so they can explain why they're late, why they won't ever be late again, and where you're now going to meet up since they're way off track. The larger the number of friends you're coordinating, the more important it is that the map and messaging inform everyone at once. Calling/Texting a group of friends could otherwise take all night.

A meetup map should run on mobile phones, but it has to run on your missing friends' phones, and they're not going to download or signup to some app while they're running late. For this reason the best meetup maps will probably be web apps that can be clicked on from something like an SMS text message, or email, and will run instantly.

Meetup maps differ from what are often called "location sharing" apps (such as Google's Latitude, Apple's Find My Friends, and Glympse) in a couple of major ways. Firstly, meetup maps have to work with friends who have no time or inclination to download and signup for an app, so should work instantly from a web link (no app store download) and not require a signup (they're running late - you don't want them even later). Secondly, meetup maps need instant messaging systems. It's not enough to know where your missing friends are without knowing things like why they haven't shown up, where you're going to meet now, and how you'll all be getting there.

A meetup map differs from what is sometimes called "location chat". By default, location chat apps connect strangers together in a chat room based on their locations. On the other hand, users of meetup maps don't end up interacting with strangers (unless by choice). Meetup maps are designed for the purpose of helping existing friends meet up -- and not just for randomly chatting with someone who is located nearby.

Meetup maps are not "geo-fencing" or "location stalking" apps which have the objective of tracking your location everywhere you go just for the sake of it, and alerting other people (perhaps on a social network friends list) to your location when you are near them. Instead, meetup maps will only show your location when you are actively using the app to meet up with someone. Additionally, your location will not be available to anyone else other than the person or people you've chosen to meet with.

There is also a set of apps called "Friend Finders", but these generally involve finding new friends, typically on social networks. If you don't use a meetup map you might need to find new friends later, but friend finders and meetup maps don't really have anything else in common.

Fundamentally, a meetup map answers the questions "Where are they now?", "Where shall we meet up?", and "Why aren't you here yet?"

Most mobile phones are already used to work out where people are. Phone calls and texts, however, are just a very inefficient way of achieving this, because people need to describe where they are (often difficult), and need to communicate with everyone in a group individually (time consuming). A meetup map, by contrast, will instantly show where people are on a map, and message everyone in a group at once in a joint conversation.

Feerce is the world's first "meetup map", and it has pioneered a number of essential features:

  • Instant meetup map creator Simply click the "Feerce Map" button on feerce.com and instantly get a meetup map that two or more (try a flash mob of 1000?) people can join by each clicking the same link.
  • Instant group messaging Start messaging the group of people on the map from one text box. No need to text everyone individually.
  • No downloads required. When you're meeting up with someone and they haven't shown up, it's too late for them to download an app. Feerce works in their browser, so all they have to do is click on a link. You don't need an app either, just go to feerce.com and click the "Feerce Map" button to start sharing a new map.
  • No signups required. Time is of the essence, and signing up to a service is the sort of inconvenience we could all do without.
  • User anonymity maintained As a consequence of not signing up, you don't share your personal details with Feerce, and we try to keep you as anonymous as possible.
  • Cross platform Do all your friends use an iPhone? Do they all use an Android? Thought not. Feerce's web app will be as widely compatible as we can make it. It can be seen on most internet enabled devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops, netbooks, and desktop PCs.
  • Versatile medium Stick your map link in a SMS text, email, social network, intranet, web site, blog, or QR code.
  1. Click the "Feerce Map" button on the home page of feerce.com
  2. Agree to "share your location" in the browser window to appear on the map
  3. Copy the map link (which is just the URL of the web page containing your map) and send it to the people you want to see on the map (e.g. via SMS, email, G+, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)
  4. As each person clicks on the map, and agrees to share their location, they will appear on your map. (A number will pop up next to your user icon to update you as each new person enters the map)
  5. See everyone's locations from the map tab, message everyone from the message tab, and find individuals from the user tab.

Feerce has been designed to maximise your privacy, because we believe your location is highly sensitive, and should remain under your full control.

Your location will only be visible to those people you have sent a given Feerce map link to. So long as you post the Feerce map link privately via email, SMS, or other private modes of communication it will remain private. If, on the other hand, you post a Feerce map link onto Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn in a way that the public-at-large can see it, then your location on the map will become public to anyone clicking on the link.

If you are running Feerce in a browser, your location will not be input if your screen is off, or the browser is closed. You can also prevent your location being input by clicking the pause or stop button on the settings page. When you click "stop" it will delete your user from the map.

Feerce maps are designed to be single-purpose, throw-away social networks, so there is no need to show your location to a wide circle of friends all the time. It is recommended you create a new Feerce map for a new purpose. You might have one map for meeting with your significant other, another map for your sports team, and another for colleagues meeting after work. Your current location will only be revealed on maps currently open in your browser/app, and your current location will not be revealed on maps you do not have open on your browser/app. For instance, if you are using a Feerce map to meet your date for the evening, your sports team will not know your whereabouts!

How unique are the Feerce map links and what are the odds of someone guessing your Feerce map link by chance? Each unique component of the Feerce map link consists of 10 mixed-case alphanumeric characters. This is 62 to the power of 10 different combinations, which is equal to 839,299,365,868,340,224 different combinations.

Feerce allows you to remain anonymous, since there is no sign-up. Most popular social networking sites collect as much personal information about you as possible in order to sell your profile to advertisers, but our policy is to prioritise your privacy over commercial considerations, and therefore we will not share or sell your personal information, or location information, to third parties.

Since there is no sign-up, we do not have any personal information about you - unless you choose to add your photo or name, and these will only ever be shared with the people you choose to share your Feerce maps with. In any case, we have no way of knowing whether or not the photos and names are real.

Your location is transient and not backed up or logged. When you delete your user from a map we remove your location from our servers. If you delete a map you started, we delete all locations of all users on the map from our servers (plus any messages).

Feerce does not act as a "Big Brother" because Feerce does not tie your location to your personal identity and share that with advertisers, marketers, etc. However, Feerce will need to abide by local laws, and may be forced to co-operate with governments or law enforcement agencies investigating illegal activity.

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