#WATWB – We are the World Blogfest – #SmartApp to Pinpoint Your Location

Welcome to the July edition of #WATWB – We are the World Blogfest. The last Friday of each month, a group of writers post a ‘feel good’ article on some of the good things going on in the world to deflect from some of the negativity.

 

For this edition, I want to share a potentially, life-saving app I discovered on Goodnet.org. This app can pinpoint any location in the world and help save lives! The ‘what3words’ app is not only useful for seeking help if you are lost or can’t find a random entrance, even into an event arena, but has many more uses too. You can share an image by adding the 3 words address on any photo you have, pinpoint your exact location for sending SOS message shares, or even just to mark a location which an address alone isn’t specific enough for, such as, for deliveries when you have a non-specific address – or even if you are homeless and live in a tent! You don’t even have to download the app if you don’t have a mobile phone, just go over to what3words.com and you can send a location through an email link.

 

“The app is the brainchild of the West London company founder Chris Sheldrick who grew up in a rural area according to the BBCdue to the postal delivery problems his family experienced when he was growing up.”

“The app makers were so sure that the app will save lives – and it has – that they made it available free of charge for charities, development agencies, and emergency rescue services. The United Nations integrated the solution into its disaster response tracking system so that medical aid can arrive at the correct shelter in refugee camps.”

 

From the App:

Use what3words to:

– Help emergency services know exactly where to find you
– Plan exact meet-up locations
– Tell car breakdown services where you are
– Navigate to any destination easily
– Save your favourite memorable spots – a viewpoint, waterfall or proposal location
– Save key locations, from incident reporting to delivery entrances
– Help people find your business or Airbnb
– Guide people to accessible entrances.

 

Please head over to Goodnet to read the full article, and don’t forget to download the app!

 

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©DGKaye2021

 

 

32 thoughts on “#WATWB – We are the World Blogfest – #SmartApp to Pinpoint Your Location

  1. Debby, what a great idea to use this as a shortcut to saving memorable places and to navigating to a particular place. I’d only heard about it as a reference for emergencies and made my son download it before his climb of England’s highest mountain last summer. Hope you’re doing okay and wishing you a good weekend. xx

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    1. Oh fantastic Annika! Thanks for sharing that your son has used this app. Yes, it’s not only for disaster, but to navigate to places that only show a vague marker on a map. 🙂 Happy weekend to you too my friend. ❤

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    1. My pleasure Jim. I have too! Hey, one never knows when they are lost or stranded and difficult to be found! Let’s hope we never have to use it, but great to have 🙂

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  2. Terrific concept Debby and great application across the age groups.. I know when we would be in the mountains or on trails away from civilisation that I would have loved to have something like that.. Technology might be intrusive at times but is also life-saving…hugsx♥

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  3. Hi Debby, this is an incredibly useful post, especially for someone like me who gets lost driving from the shops to my house [grin]. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Where has this app been all my life (says the person who always goes to the wrong entrance)? Downloading as we speak! Thanks so much for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB! Wishing you a wonderful week!

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  5. Wow Debby this is A for Amazing! What a great app and how wonderful that it’s been used also in life saving situations. Thank you so much – such a great #WATWB post.

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  6. Sounds interesting, Debby! I wonder if it works on the ocean as well or if it needs cell service to be located, as many remote and tricky places don’t have a signal. My guess is that it uses GPS and satellite. There are trackers and emergency devices for people on the oceans and such, but this sounds less complicated and expensive. I’ll certainly check this out one of these days!

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