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Would you use a feature that enabled your bandmates to check your location within two hours before a scheduled event?

Yes
3 (33.3%)
No, because it wouldn't be useful to me
4 (44.4%)
No, because of privacy concerns
2 (22.2%)

Total Members Voted: 9

Author Topic: Band member location tracking before events  (Read 611 times)

arlo

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Band member location tracking before events
« on: October 01, 2018, 05:31:31 PM »
I'm often in the situation where I'm setting up for a gig and one of my bandmates hasn't arrived yet. I don't want to take the time to call them to see if they're on the way, and I don't want to text them if they're driving. But it would be helpful to know if they're on the way and how soon I can expect them, or if I need to call and remind them of the event or plan to go ahead without them.

I could add a feature to BandHelper that starts tracking participating users' locations two hours before a scheduled event, and shows their locations on a map. Or for greater privacy, it could just show whether they are moving, along with an estimated time of arrival. This would only track users who opt in, and only for users selected for the current event.

Does this sound cool, not useful or an invasion of privacy?

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Re: Band member location tracking before events
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2018, 08:23:09 PM »
I'd try to find more reliable bandmates if that's a regular issue :-)

Seriously, while I can see how that might occasionally be useful, aren't there quite a few standalone apps that do that?

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Re: Band member location tracking before events
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2018, 12:25:45 AM »
I think this would be a nice feature to have. Musicians are always late ;-)

The privacy thing could be a problem. I'm from germany and we have very restrictive privacy laws here. I don't know if this is legal in other countries.
Another problem is that most of my band members are not using BandHelper, so I have to call them anyway. :-)

But I voted for it, because I think it's a good new feature!


arlo

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Re: Band member location tracking before events
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2018, 07:35:43 AM »
Seriously, while I can see how that might occasionally be useful, aren't there quite a few standalone apps that do that?

Are there? I've only used Find My Friends for iOS. That requires either giving full-time permission to see your location, or I think you can temporarily share your location with someone, but that requires a deliberate action on the part of the person who's late, which would be harder than asking them to just send a text message. The unique (I think) offering here would be automatic location tracking only before a scheduled event.

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Re: Band member location tracking before events
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2018, 09:11:20 AM »
No, I've not seen any that allow location tracking on a schedule.