neer

I'm a huge skeptic of location-based apps. Call me paranoid, but the privacy and safety risks of letting everyone know where I am all the time just don't seem worth it. Plus, there's the added hassle of trying to remember to push a button on my phone every time I go out to eat, arrive at work, or go shopping at the grocery store. I can't even remember to get bread at the grocery store…there's no way I'll remember to check-in!

That's where Neer comes into play. Neer is a location-based app that runs in the background of your phone and automatically checks in for you at locations you input ahead of time. Best of all, it doesn't blast this information to the entire world. You select a small group of your friends or family and only they can monitor where you are. So my husband can see that I'm on my way home from work, and I don't have to worry about some stalker checking up on me. Parents can set up their children's phones so they can see that the kids have arrived safely at school, practice or home. Best of all…that bread I keep forgetting to get? I can set up a notification so that Neer will automatically pop-up a reminder for me to pick it up next time I'm at the grocery store. Check out this video to see all of Neer's features in action:

[youtube width=”360″ height=”220″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoES-1opBmA[/youtube]

I never thought I'd say this about a location-based app, but I think Neer is pure genius. For someone as forgetful as I am, this is an absolute lifesaver. Neer is currently available for iPhone 4 or Android in North America, so you do have to be one of us cool smartphone people to get it.

Disclaimer: I was compensated by Neer Life to post this review. All opinions are my own. Seriously, I LOVE this app. And I'm not being paid to say that.