Social media has grown tremendously in popularity over the years. We not only need to keep in touch with everyone constantly, but we also need to know where they are so we can hang out with them immediately. No one wants to miss out on plans with friends. To keep track of it all, you have to have an app. TruVu from TruVu Inc. wants to fill that app void and keep you and everyone you know connected.
TruVu is a location service app that allows you to see who is in your area and connect with them. Here is the app’s full description:
Locate and communicate with friends, family, or new acquaintances nearby or anywhere on Earth. TruVu is a simple way to locate other users locations and communicate directly with them. You can also be found by others whether it be your close acquaintances or others that might be looking to find you. TruVu users can specify who is able to locate them. A user can be in Off mode where he / she will not be seen by anyone. A user can be in Friend mode where he/she can be seen by their designated friends and the user can see his/her friends. Additionally, a User can be in Public mode where they will be able to be see where all other Public mode users are located and he/she can be seen by other Public mode users. Messages can be sent to each user in TruVu. Also, a user can search for others using the simple search feature which will take you directly to the search result’s location.
Please note: TruVu runs GPS in the background. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
TruVu does require an account registration to begin. Registration can be done with an email and password or simply signing in with a Facebook account. I initially chose the Facebook route but was disappointed when it gave me an error after I granted access. I tried several times but was unsuccessful. So I moved on, creating a new account with my email and a password. Sign-up was simple, only needing name information and a Tagline. After set-up, a profile picture and details can be added. There are advanced settings to adjust the mode of the account as well, limiting time it is set to Public, or restricting it to being viewable by friends only.
To view people on the service, just go to the map under the Friends tab. The GPS will show anyone who is marked as Public or friends you have already added. When they pop-up on the map, just select their icon to see their information. You can then add friend and/or message them. There is also a way to turn it off so the GPS doesn’t continue to run while it’s not being used. Of course if you do this, you will not show up on the maps for your friends to find you.
TruVu is easy to use and very user friendly. I did have issues with some crashing and errors when I launched the app, but it wasn’t that often. What this service really needs is users. When I identified as Public, I saw only one other person logged on in the entire US. This could just mean most everyone prefers to be on Friend mode where it is private and limited users can see you. Not sure if this is entirely the case. It works and does what it advertises, but still has a long way to go to compete with other services that are more efficient out there.
TruVu is available now in the App Store for free and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.