ViewRanger integrates Twitter into BuddyBeacon

Posted on 19/08/2011

ViewRanger Users can now choose to share their outdoor trip experiences along with their location using BuddyBeacon.

ViewRanger, the award winning mapping and outdoors GPS app has today launched a further enhancement to its innovative BuddyBeacon location sharing feature by adding integration with Twitter messages. This new feature means that from today not only can customers use ViewRanger on their mobile to share their real-time location with friends, but also they can attach Twitter messages and pictures too by simply associating their Twitter account and then tweeting.

BuddyBeacon has long been a popular feature of ViewRanger with its customers, as it allows real-time location sharing between mobiles and to the web. It means that if groups get separated whilst out, for instance walking, cycling or skiing, they can use the ViewRanger app to see where others are and to navigate to them. The web access to BuddyBeacon means that non-users can also view the location of friends from home.

ViewRanger BuddyBeacon has become popular with charity adventurers, who use it to share their event progress “live” with sponsors and supporters.  It is also frequently used by the many Search & Rescue teams who have adopted ViewRanger to assist in their important lifesaving work as it helps team coordination both in training and during rescue operations. Each ViewRanger user protects their BuddyBeacon location using a PIN which they can choose to share with people that they want to allow to see their location.

With this new feature enhancement any Twitter message sent from an attached account can be appended to the corresponding time stamped BuddyBeacon location, when viewed via the web portal at

ViewRanger CEO Craig Wareham said “ViewRanger BuddyBeacon is a popular aspect of our app and one which takes it beyond the capabilities of dedicated GPS devices. With this new Twitter integration, people can now share their outdoor trip experiences with text and photo’s as well as sharing their location.” 



i)              Twitter is a trademark of Twitter Inc, this service integration does not indicate any affiliation with the trademark owner. Picture feeds are supported for Twitter photo sharing ie Twitter for iPhone, as well as many third party picture tweeting services ie Twitpic, Instagram, Flickr, Yfrog, Twitgoo

ii)             BuddyBeacon uses mobile network coverage to transmit a user’s location. In areas with no mobile coverage locations are stored and transmitted when a mobile signal is available.

iii)            To view the location of a BuddyBeacon via the web go to enter the user name & PIN code of the user.

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