Thanks to everyone who sent us screenshots and feedback, that's really cool! We actually learned that our "app" can run on much more devices that we first though. For example, it runs on my computer if I use Chrome, however it shows that I'm in Zürich :-) Also it runs on many iphones, androids, ipods and ipads. Doesn't run on some Nokia phones.
So, we were happy of all this help and did some progress. Many things.
1) We modified the layout of the page, but normally you should always see the same thing: a page with only a map on it.
2) There is a new "Connect" button on the top of the map. If you click it you will share your position with all other connected users (people who also pushed the "Connect" button). So, you will see the other people as green "hikrs" and yourself as red "hikr". You will always see Zina in the center of Zürich :-)
You can then disconnect and eventually remove yourself from the map.
Right now, the only information shared is the position, so you cannot see the username of the other people on the map, only the anonymous icon.
You need to login in order to see the map and eventually connect.
The map is updated every 20 sec or when your position changes.
When you disconnect using the "Disconnect" button, you can choose to keep your icon on the map or hide it. If you choose to keep it, then other people who connect later will see your last position.
You can test this new feature on your phone/... and report the results, eventually send us a screenshot, so we can see everything is looking as expected.
Open in your phone: http://www.hikr.org/g.php
Now, three questions: Price, Power and Privacy.
Price. When connected, the map will update every movement or 20 sec. That means your phone will be connecting to internet all the time. As we don't have any phone, we don't know if this is OK or it will cost you a fortune. How does it work? You pay connection time, traffic or what?
Power. It seems that the GPS uses a lot of battery, true or false?
Privacy. The actual demo only shares the position but no user name. Which privacy options you need? For example, it can be like this:
Who can see my position: everybody, friends
Who can see my name: everybody, friends, nobody
Maybe some other possibilities, like "share my position/name with who appears on the map near of me". Or something else? Which options will you use personally?
That's all for the moment.
PS: And yes, it's not really an App and it's not only for iPhone. It's just a web page and it runs in any modern browser.