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Old 02-27-2015, 09:23 AM   #1
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SpotWalla vs Delorme Mapshare?

I just ordered an InReach SE, and it will probably arrive a day or two before I head out on a trip (yeah, I know).

I bought the InReach so my family will know I'm alive while on the road... that's the only reason. I'd like them to be able to follow me (if they want).

Can someone give me a couple reasons why to use SpotWalla versus Mapshare? The end-users (my family) are very non-technical, if that matters.
I've never used either website, and I'm dealing with information overload planning for this big last-minute trip. So, thanks in advance.
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Old 02-28-2015, 04:10 PM   #2
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Should I have posted this in another section?
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Old Yesterday, 10:13 AM   #3
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Ron, I'd never heard of it until I read your post.

I own an InReach Explorer and have given the missus the mapshare page. It has full access to messages and being able to locate "ping" my location even if tracking is off. I'm quite pleased with the device so far.

Having only played with the Spotwalla for a short period of time (hours). The only advantage I see so far (for me at least). You could give out the Spotwalla to co-workers, friends or any others you would allow to see your location but not message or ping you.

When you set your device up and it asks if it is message enabled (I'm paraphrasing here). Click no. So now I have a mapshare page with full access and the Spotwalla that just shows tracking points.

If your not giving it out to anyone else. I don't see the advantage of it yet.
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The advantage that keeps me in Spotwalla is the ability to "hide" points in a given radius, such as home that I don't want published. Plus, I believe the data on the SPOT site expires and disappears after a set time, no such expiration on Spotwalla.
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Old Yesterday, 10:34 AM   #5
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+1 for Spotwalla

Our family has been using Spotwalla for several years now on bikes and in airplanes flying around Alaska. I had never heard of Delorme's Mapsphere so I took a brief look to see what I was missing. For my use, Spotwalla is simple to use and has just the features I need without being cluttered with extras or advertising (looking at YOU findmespot.com). Spotwalla focuses on displaying and sharing trips on a map - not blogging, trip planning, pictures... It does one thing very well (although the web interface is somewhat dated). That being said, they are both free so there is nothing to loose in trying them both to find the best fit.

The OP mentioned sharing with folks who are non technical - Spotwalla trips can be accessed directly, without drilling around a website. For example:

https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php...c53a27e43890ed

For sharing on websites, here's the same Spotwalla trip as a zoomable, embedded Google map:


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Cool, thanks for the info! I think I'll try Spotwalla when my Delorme arrives.
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