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What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Loopt is a location-sharing app best for adults, similar to Foursquare. Loopt suggests daily coupon deals and, just like Gowalla, this app allows users to submit photos when they check in at a place. Also, when you check in, your location is shared with all Loopt users and possibly people on Facebook or Twitter, depending on your settings. You can invite friends, which shares your contact information, and some friends can see your location at all times. You can see a list of nearby places that includes bars and a martini logo, but does not have much information about the companies themselves. Daily coupon deals for these places pop up and are emailed from Groupon Now. The questions feature, where Loopt members share the inside scoop about companies, is only available for San Francisco and Chicago. For more parent advice about location-sharing apps, check out our article.
Is it any good?
LOOPT has an easy interface and is helpful for people who want notices about daily deals nearby. Still, it doesn't have enough to offer kids to outweigh the privacy risks. The questions feature promises to share timely and user-driven information about companies, but it isn't available in most cities yet. In the meantime, older teens and adults are probably better served with other apps like Foursquare or Gowalla.