Location Based Services

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In society today, location-based services (LBS) have become an essential part of our daily routine. 87% of Americans today have smartphones, which all are loaded with LBS applications and benefits (Business Insider). Whether we know it or not, most of us each LBS in our everyday lives without even realizing it. People use location-based services in order to find recommended social events in an area, to find a service such as an ATM or a restaurant, to use a global positioning system (GPS), and much more.

Some of the most popular social media based LBS applications that people use on a daily basis are Facebook, Instagram, and Foursquare. People use these applications to interact with their friends on what are they doing and where they are at during that moment in time. These applications also allow the users to use pictures and comments to allow further interaction between friends. Foursquare allows a user to “check-in” to a location, which sends notifications to the user’s friends about his or her current location. Instrgram allows a user to take pictures and then post it for their friends to see. However, it allow gives the option to give the user’s location. Facebook has the option to do both of the applications FourSquare and Instagram. It allows the users to take pictures, check-in, make comments, and other options. These social media applications are so popular today because it allows friends to communicate with each other without having to talk, use a phone, or email.

Some of the more popular navigation LBA applications that people use are Google Maps, GroupOn, and Yelp. Google Maps is a global postitioning system (GPS) that allows user to navigate their way to any location in the country. It also gives various different routes to take, as well as the duration estimate of the travel. GroupOn allows users to find social gatherings in their area or in a city that they would like to visit. This application is useful to people today because it is a...
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