Almost any person who has more than 2 friends has experienced the situation where you all want to meet up at a café or a mall and a flood of confusion breaks loose before everyone can finally get to the place decided earlier. The person who organized the whole thing is left frantically texting and calling everyone else to find out their whereabouts and expected time of arrival. If you are a Windows Phone 7 user, then say goodbye to this scenario. Thanks to Bing, now there’s an app for handling such situations. We’re In comes with the sole aim of keeping you connected with your friends based on their (and your) location. Now, you don’t have to call and interact with all the people separately. In fact, you don’t have to do anything at all. We’re In maps the location of all your friends, and you can easily broadcast a message to the whole group with a single tap.
But here’s a catch. The app is for US only, and that’s quite a big disappointment. Moving on, the first thing you’ll need to do to start using We’re In is to sign up for an account. It’s not even conventional signing up. All you need to do is to simply input your phone number in the login screen and receive the code via SMS. Enter the code in the app and you’re up and running.
The whole concept of the app revolves around events, or meet-ups. In the New tab name the event and set the time for which you expect the event to last. For instance if you are inviting 3 of your friends to a café, then it must not take them more than an hour to get there. Title the event as something like “Café gathering”, set timer to 1 hour and invite the 3 people you want. Now as soon as your friends accept the invite, everyone’s location will become visible to everyone in the group (including the sender).
The invites are sent via SMS, and even if your friends aren’t on WP7, they can connect to you via mobile web. Once you are connected, update your current status and the whole group will know where you are. Have to leave urgently? Hit Leave and you will no longer receive updates from your friends.
The app is free so if you are a WP7 user living in the United States, take We’re In for a spin by following the Zune download link below.