New Event App Allows Users To Map, Message, And Meet On Screen

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Associated Press

Trying to organize a social or business event and then coordinating where and what time to meet can be on par with Mission Impossible. Thanks to a new app, users can become the James Bond of event planning.

The app is called Syncuz and it comes as the first map-based messaging app for iPhone and Android.

“Maps and location provide more information on a single screen than you can write in a book,” said Syncuz inventor, Nick Francis, who originally developed the app for kids to better handle their social lives, in a statement. “With Syncuz, events of any size can be planned and updated in real time. It simply makes meeting up for business or leisure events easier.”

It’s a map-based event organizer that enables groups to synchronize their location on the fly without calling or texting. Syncuz users simply create an event, place the event’s location on the Syncuz map, and invite contacts to be part of that event-specific group. Those who have the Syncuz app can join the event; each event member is represented by a pin on the map that shows the member’s real-time location. Members can attach messages to their pins for the whole group to see.

The app’s private and secure location-based messaging environment allows members to control how much information they are able to share. The app also enables users to plan and be part of multiple events at once, with each event featuring its own map and privacy settings.

“Privacy is at the heart of the Syncuz service,” said Francis in a statement. “Syncuz is the only iPhone or Android app that enables users to see what is happening — and where it’s happening — on a single screen and to respond accordingly. With Syncuz real-time location-based messaging, only those involved in a given event are visible to the members of the event group. To make it easier to organize an event the ‘invitation’ is automatically created by the app; you simply have to add the guest from your contact list then send the invitations, which contain a link to download the app if the guest hasn’t already done so.”

Syncuz is offering anyone who downloads the app before August 31, 2011 an entire year of Syncuz for free. Plans are in the works to offer Syncuz on additional platforms.

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