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About Shmap

Shmap is a location-based mobile messaging application now available on iPhone.

Shmap changes the game by transforming ordinary messages into moments. Its magic comes from messages that are delivered – either privately, to groups or to the general public – only when the recipients enter a location associated with the message. Connecting digital conversations with PLACE changes the game 
by enabling a new way of communicating.

For answers to our frequently asked questions, please scroll down to the FAQs.

Click here for the in-app tutorial screens (in case you missed them the first time around.)


Download the Shmap Quickstart Guide!



Shmap Tutorial

  • Signing Up for Shmap

    Before you do anything, you need to register as a Shmap user. This can be done either by using Facebook or registering manually by Email. After you've downloaded the app and read through the app tutorial, you'll be brought to the Sign-up/Log-in Page. From there, you have three options:

  • Sign Up with Email

    • Click "Sign Up"

    • Upload a profile image (optional but recommended)

    • Enter all required fields [username, email address, password]

    • Check off that you have read the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

    • Click "Next"

    • Allow location access

    • Enter your phone number. This is optional, but highly recommended. This will allow Shmap to add friends in your device's contact book to your Shmap Contacts page without you having to invite them manually. Don't worry, we won't send mass invites to your contacts list. This process only uses your device's contacts to find existing Shmap users.

  • Facebook Sign Up

    • Click "Facebook" to create a Shmap profile using your existing Facebook information.

    • Click "Open" to allow Shmap to open Facebook.

    • Log in with Facebook if you aren't currently logged in.

    • Allow Facebook to open Shmap.

    • Follow instructions to complete.

  • Login

    • Click "Login"

    • Enter your username and password to sign in to an existing Shmap account.

  • Shmap Basics

    After you've created your account, you're ready to begin Shmapping. Before you do so, it's good to get acquainted with some basic functionality.

  • Shmap Message Types Defined

    There are several distinct Shmap message types you can send and/or receive in the app. The main message types are listed below. The accompanying icons presented denote these message types in the app.

    •   Shouts - These messages are publicly-visible location-based messages that can be found in the "Explore" tab of the app. If a Shout becomes popular enough, then Shmap users who enter the location it was left at will receive a notification. If you don't want to receive notifications for Shouts that you encounter, simply go to app settings and toggle off the "You're near something cool" switch.

    •   Personal Shmaps - These messages are sent privately from you to one or more (i.e. groups) of your Shmap contacts. These Shmaps can be sent directly to your contact or be tied to a geolocation. It's up to you!

    •   Sponsored Shmaps - These messages are created by the Shmap team or our business partners. Like Shouts, they are found in the Explore Tab and you will receive a notification if you enter their location. If you don't want to receive notifications for Sponsored Shouts that you encounter, simply go to app settings and toggle off the "You're near something cool" switch.

    •   Reminders - A "Reminder" is a location-based message you send to yourself. On the "New Message" screen, press the Reminder icon, add a location, type your message, and click "send." When you physically enter the location you added, you'll receive your reminder!

    • Group Messages - Group messages are simply any message thread which contains more than two people in it. These can be sent with or without a location trigger.

  • Sending Messages in Shmap

    To compose a Shmap message, click the "New" link (found at the top right of the screen in the "Messages" and "Explore" tabs). For details on how to send each variety of Shmap, continue reading below.

  • Shouts

    Shouts are publicly-visible location messages. When you post a Shout, it becomes visible in the Explore feed, where other users can like or comment on it. If your Shout becomes popular enough, then Shmap users who enter the location it was left at will receive a notification!

    Did you know... You can leave Shouts anywhere in the world! In the "Location" field, simply type the address or place name (e.g. Empire State Building or The Colosseum).


    Sending Shouts

    • Click "New" (from the top right of the Messages and Explore tabs). This opens the "New Message" screen.

    • Type an address or select a location in the "Location" field.

    • Click the "Shout" icon

    • Type your message in the text field.

    • Optional: Attach a photo.

    • Click "Send"


    Expiring Shouts

    Sometimes you'll create a Shout that is only relevant for a specific time period. For example, a Shout left at a concert or a sporting event will only be relevant to other Shmap users for a few hours or days. So to automatically remove your Shout from the Explore feed at a certain time, you can set it to Expire. Follow these steps:

    Expiring Shouts, Step 1:
    Click the "..." to reveal the Expire options
    Click ... to reveal Expire options
    Expiring Shouts, Step 2:
    Slide the toggle switch to the right and select the expiration time. Click Done.
    Select from the click-wheel the time to expire
    Expiring Shouts, Step 3:
    Type your Shout content and send it!
    Type your Shout content and send it

    Deleting Your Shouts

    • All of the Shouts you send are visible in your Messages inbox. If you choose to delete a Shout, you can simply delete it from your inbox by swiping left on it and clicking the revealed "delete" button.

    • You may also delete Shouts from your profile. Under your Profile information you will see all of your Shouts. Swipe left on them to reveal a "delete" button. Click this to delete the Shout.


    Deleting Comments on your Shouts

    Someone left a comment on your Shout you don't like? You can delete it!
    • Browse to the Shout containing the comments you want to remove.

    • Click the "..." menu link at the top right. You will then see a button titled "Comment Options". (see example)

    • After clicking "Comment Options," you will then see circles appear to the left of each of the comments. Click the circles next to the Comments you want to delete.

    • Click the Delete button at the bottom of the screen to delete the selected comments. (see example)

    Compose your Shout - click to enlarge

    Composing a Shout

    Anatomy of a Shout - click to enlarge

    Anatomy of a Shout
  • How to send a Personal Location Message

    Personal Location Messages are messages which are tied to a place or address. For example, you could leave your friend a location message at their home address, reminding them to call you when they get home. That friend will receive a notification and your message as soon as they arrive at their house. Here's how you do it:

    • Click "New" (from the top right of the Messages and Explore tabs). This opens the "New Message" screen.

    • Enter a location name in the "Location:" field.

    • Enter a recipient in the "To:" field. A recipiant's name can be searched for simply by typing. Or you can click a user's name from the list of your contacts displayed.
      Note: the recipient must be in your Contacts in order for you to send them a Shmap message.

    • Type your message in the text field.

    • Optional: Attach a photo.

    • Click "Send"

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  • How to send a direct Personal Message (without a location)

    Personal messages without a location behave like any other text message. They are sent immediately to your contact and a location is not necessary.

    • Click "New" (from the top right of the Messages and Explore tabs). This opens the "New Message" screen.

    • Enter a recipient in the "To:" field. A recipiant's name can be searched for simply by typing. Or you can click a user's name from the list of your contacts displayed.
      Note: the recipient must be in your Contacts in order for you to send them a Shmap message.

    • Type your message in the text field.

    • Optional: Attach a photo.

    • Click "Send"

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  • Group Messages

    Sending Group Messages in Shmap is easy. Follow these basic steps:

    • Click "New" (from the top right of the Messages and Explore tabs). This opens the "New Message" screen.

    • Optional: Add a "Location." (If you choose a Location, then the message will only be delivered to the recipients who actually enter the location's physical proximity.)

    • Enter a first recipient in the "To:" field.

    • Enter another recipient in the "To:" field. (Enter as many contacts as you like.)

    • Type your message in the text field.

    • Optional: Attach a photo.

    • Click "Send"

  • Reminders

    • Click "New" to open the "New Message" screen. Click the  "Remind Me" icon, which populates "Me" in the "To" field.

    • Type an address or select a location in the "Location" field.

    • Type your Reminder message in the text field.

    • Optional: Attach a photo.

    • Click "Send"

  • Flagging and Blocking

    In Shmap, it is possible to both Flag offensive content and to block other users. Read below for details.

  • Flagging Shouts

    If you ever encounter a Shout that you feel violates our Terms of Use, please feel free to Flag it. Flagged Shouts will be reviewed by the Shmap team and removed promptly if a violation has occurred. To flag a Shout, follow the steps below:

    Flagging Shouts, Step 1:
    Click the "..." to reveal the Message options
    Click ... to reveal Message options
    Flagging Shouts, Step 2:
    Select "Flag"
    Select Flag
    Flagging Shouts, Step 3:
    Click either "Nevermind" or "Flag"
    Click either Nevermind or Flag

    Blocking Users

    Is there someone posting Shouts that you don't want to see anymore? You can block them!
    Blocking users, Step 1:
    Click the "..." at the top right of a Shout to reveal the Message options
    Click ... to reveal Message options
    Blocking users, Step 2:
    Select "Block user" from the button options

    Select from the click-wheel the time to expire
    Blocking users, Step 3:
    Click OK
    Click OK

    Unblocking Users

    Want to Unblock someone? Browse to the Settings tab and follow the below steps:

    Unblocking users, Step 1:
    Browse to "Settings" and then click "Blocked Users and Sponsors" at the bottom of the page.
    Browse to Settings and then click Blocked Users and Sponsors at the bottom of the page.
    Unblocking users, Step 2:
    This is a list of all the Shmap users you have blocked. Click the "..." next to a user's name to reveal option to unblock the user.

    This is a list of all the Shmap users you have blocked. Click the ... next to a user's name to reveal option to unblock the user.
    Unblocking users, Step 3:
    Click "Unblock"
    Click Unblock
  • Main Sections of Shmap

    This section provides details on each of the main Tabs in Shmap.

  • Intro to the Shmap Tabs

    There are four tabs in Shmap. Below is a brief introduction to them.

    • "Messages" - The Messages tab is where all of your sent and received Shmaps are located.

    • "Explore" - The Explore tab is a feed of content containing Shouts and Sponsored messages from other Shmap users around you. Towards the top of the list are the Shmaps closest in proximity to you. As you scroll down, Explore displays Shmaps which are located further away. Keep scrolling to see what's been Shmapped in nearby cities, states, or even other countries!

    • "Contacts" - The Contacts tab is where you can find existing Shmap contacts, send out invites to others, and approve incoming Shmap contact requests.

    • "Settings" - The Settings tab is where you can edit your Profile, change your username, log out of Shmap, and more.


    Tabs
  • Messages Tab

    • Sending New Messages: Click "New" (from the top right of the Messages and Explore tabs). This opens the "New Message" screen.

    • Welcome Message: When you first download Shmap, there will be at least one message in your inbox. That's from us!

    • Unread Messages: Unread messages in your inbox are denoted with a blue dot at the far right of the message preview. Additionally, the sender's username is bolded.

    • Message Threads: Message threads in Shmap behave as follows: Your messages appear in bubbles on the right side of the screen. The person or persons you are chatting with appear on the left side of the screen. Your message bubbles are blue. The message bubbles of the person(s) you are chatting with are grey (and their profile pictures are visible). See screenshot below for an example of a group message thread:

    • Time Stamps: Timestamps appear directly above each message in a thread.

    • Message Thread Options: To reveal message thread options, click the "..." link at the top right corner of a message thread. A button titled "Message Options" will be visible. Click it. From here, you can select individual messages in the thread to either delete or forward.

    • Deleting Message Threads: To delete threads from your inbox, simply swipe left on any message from your inbox view. This will reveal a red delete button. Click this to permanently delete the entire thread.

  • Inbox Filters for Messages

    There are four filters in the inbox. Click the header text (which should default to "All messages") to produce a list of the filters for you to select from. As you select a filter, the text in the header will change and your inbox messages will display only the corresponding message types.

    • "All Shmaps" - This is the default inbox view and it contains all of your Shmaps, regardless of their type.

    • "Personal" - The next filter displays only Personal Shmaps. Shouts and Sponsored Shmaps will not be visible.

    • "Shouts" - This filter displays only Shouts in your inbox. Personal and Sponsored Shmaps will not be visible.

    • "Sponsored" - This filter displays only Sponsored Shmaps in your inbox. Personal Shmaps and Shouts will not be visible.

  • Explore Tab

    Overview: Simply put, the Explore feed is your view into all of the Shouts around you! The Shouts closest to your current location will appear near the top. As you scroll down, the radius widens, giving you a look at Shouts further and further away. Think of Explore much like your Twitter or Instagram feeds. This is where you explore the Shmap universe.

    • "Like" Shouts: Click into any Shout and you'll see an outline of a heart (see example). Tap on it to "Like" it, and it will turn solid red (see example)

    • Comment on Shouts: Click into any Shout and you'll see a text box at the bottom. Click into it to leave a response on the Shout.

    • Grouped Shouts: In Explore, sometimes you will see text that indicates that more than one Shout exists at a single location (see example). The Shout you see in Explore is the newest Shout left at that location and the text beneath it indicaties that there are "x" number of additional Shouts at that same location. For example, if 10 people each left a Shout at the Empire State Building, the newest Shout left there would be shown in Explore and it would indicate that "9 other messages exist here." beneath it.

      To view all of the Shouts at a location, click into the Grouped Shout visible in Explore and you will see a header at the top of the screen with the location name. Beneath this will be a list of all the Shouts at that location. You can then click into any of these Shouts to comment or Like them.

    • Making friends in Explore: Shmap is a social app, so the more contacts you have, the more fun it is to use! In Explore, you can meet other Shmap users and send contact invites to them. To do so, you'll need to visit their Profile. You can access any user's Profile by clicking on their Profile picture.

    • Map View: Click the "Map" link at the top left of the Explore screen. This will toggle your view from the standard list view to a Map view of the Explore feed. From this view, you can click on various Shouts and get driving directions to the locations they were left at!

  • Contacts Tab

    The "Contacts" tab is where all of your Shmap contacts are collected. It is also here where you can invite other Shmap users to be contacts with you or even send invites to your iPhone contacts so that they can download Shmap.

    • Your Contacts after installing Shmap for first time:

      1. If you entered your phone number during registration and other friends of yours who were in your device contacts have downloaded Shmap, then they will be auto-added to your Contacts (assuming they also have you in their device contacts).

      2. If you didn't enter your phone number or none of your device contacts are using Shmap, then your Contacts list will only list yourself ("Me") and "Shmap Admin".

    • "Add Contacts" screen: To invite friends from your phone or other Shmap users to be contacts, click the "Add" button at the top right corner of the Contacts Tab. On this new screen, there are two tabs visible:

      • My Contacts: This is a list of all of your phone's contacts. It is on this list that you can send invites to friends that you want to join Shmap. You can send either a text message or an email. See example below:

      • Shmap Users: This is where you can search for existing Shmap users. Start typing their username in the search box and you'll see results immediately. When you've found the user you'd like to add to your contacts, click on them to go to their profile. From their profile, you can click the "Add" button to send an invite. See example below:

    • Contact Approvals & Pending requests:

      When another user has invited you to be contacts in Shmap, you will see them appear in your contacts with two buttons. The X will reject their invite. The check mark will accept it.

      When you send an invite to a Shmap user they appear in your contacts with a note: "Pending request". If they approve you, this note will disappear and you can begin messaging them.

    • Remove Contact:

      To remove an existing contact, simply browse to their profile from your Contacts Tab and click the "Remove" button.

  • Settings Tab

    The "Settings" tab includes links to the following:

    • My Profile: Clicking this brings you to your "Profile" page. Your Profile provides the following functionality:

      • Profile: Click the box containing your Profile image / Name / Username to visit your profile. On Your Profile you may do the following:

        • Edit your profile information. Click the "Edit" link at the top right to engage the Edit Profile screen. Change or update your personal information here. Then click "Save".

        • Remove Profile: This link appears at the bottom your Edit Profile screen. Clicking it produces a popup asking you to confirm the deletion. If you confirm, then your Shmap account and all of your messages will be deleted permanently. Your information and messages cannot be retrieved, so please think about it before deleting.

        • Delete Shouts. Your most recent Shout appears below your Profile information. As you scroll down, you'll see older Shouts. To delete a Shout from here, simply swipe to the left. This reveals a "Delete" button. Click it. Poof - away goes your Shout.

      • Add Your Phone Number: Remember when you registered for Shmap? Well, if you skipped the part where you can add your phone number, then fear not - you can still add it here. Now, if you already did add your number, then it will appear here and no further action is needed.

      • Logout: Clicking this will log you out of Shmap and bring you to the Log In screen.

    • Notifications: Here you you can toggle on and off notifications for the following:

      • "You're Near Something Cool": Toggling this on means that when you are in the physical vicinity of a Shout, you'll receive a notification.

      • "Comment on your post": Toggling this on means that when another Shamp user comments on any of your Shouts, you'll receive a notification.

    • Terms of Service & Privacy: Clicking this brings up a web page with Shmap's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy details.

    • About Shmap: This screen provides the Shmap version number, a link to the "About" webpage, and the "help@ideally.net" email address.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: How do I send a Shmap?

    A: Here you go!

  • Q: Hey, why do you want my phone number?

    A: We give you the option to add your phone number, because this will allow Shmap to match you with your existing contacts from your phone and automatically add them to your Shmap contacts.

  • Q: How do I delete my account?

    A: Click on the "Settings" tab. Click your name or photo in the "My Profile" section (it's the first link at the top of the page). At the top right of your profile there is an "edit" link. Click this. On your Edit Profile screen, you will see a red "Remove Profile" link. Click this and then confirm that you want to delete your profile. Note that if you delete your profile, all of your messages and contacts will be permanently gone.

  • Q: How do I change my password?

    A: Click on the "Settings" tab. Click into your Profile. Click "edit". Then click on "Change Password" and follow the instructions from there.

  • Q: I have an idea that will make Shmap even Shmappier. Who can I tell?

    A: We'd love your feedback. Drop us a note here: info [at] ideally.net

  • Q: What's a "Shout" and why should I care?

    A: Shouts are publicly-visible location-based messages that can be found in the "Explore" tab of the app. If you happen to enter the vicinity where a Shout was left, then you will receive a notification and the Shout will appear in your Messages inbox. You can read about sending Shouts here. Why should you care? Well, Shouts are really the best way to interact and connect with other Shmap users!

  • Q: Do you have any jobs?

    A: Not at the moment, but if you want to send us your resume, please go right ahead. As Shmap grows, so will our office! info [at] ideally.net

Hand-drawn arrows in the tutorial above were designed by Freepik