Twist App Alternatives

It turns out that there are lots and lots of folks looking for Twist App alternatives just like me. I’ve been trying several possible replacements out, but each has its own problems.

1. cursor42 was mentioned by its developer in a comment on my original post noting that Twist had shut down. In this app, you set up meets or you can join an existing meet. The problem is that you are tell the app when you are going to arrive. That can be a big problem if you hit unexpected traffic or other delays. After you create the meet, you have to share an invite code “to allow others to join your meet”. You can text it, email it or a few other options. Sending it to someone else’s cursor42 app is not an option. And, if you don’t upgrade to the premium version, the code can only be used by one person. There are also ads on the free version. Sorry, Chris. Just can’t recommend this one.

cursor42

2. en route was the next app we tried out. The user interface is… odd. It draws from your calendar and the receiver has to accept or nothing happens. All in all, it’s just too many steps and if old routes aren’t deleted, they can cause problems. We had planned on writing a more in-depth review, but Tom got so frustrated with en route’s weirdness that he deleted it from his phone.

en route   en route 2

3. beebump was another one mentioned. One look at it and all I have to say is “no”. I couldn’t even bring myself to install it to get screen shots of it.

4. Glympse – And we’re back where we started. It was the location sharing app that we used before we found Twist. It’s been updating several times since I reviewed it last year and it works even better now. While it’s not as slick as Twist was, it’s still the best alternative out there for now.

Glympse

11 Replies to “Twist App Alternatives”

  1. On cursor42:

    > The problem is that you are tell the app when you are going to arrive.

    That has been fixed – see the update on the App Store.

    > And, if you don’t upgrade to the premium version, the code can only be used by one person.

    Actually the free version allows you to invite up to 4 people – just tap + on the invite card.

  2. Hi Carla,

    I’m not sure, if this suits your needs, but perhaps Pathshare could be something for you. Although it currently does not provide you with ETA and arrival notification (although we’re thinking about integrating this at some point), it’s a very easy to use app for sharing your location in realtime.

    You can download it for your iPhone from the App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pathshare-realtime-location/id799501728?mt=8) or for your Android device from the Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ch.freshbits.pathshare).

    I would very much appreciate your feedback.

    Thanks, Stefan

    1. Stefan,

      From what people are telling me and from my own use case, it sounds like ETA and arrival notification are the most important features that users are missing from Twist. Most of us don’t want to follow the route someone else is taking. We want to know when they are due at the specified location and if they have been delayed.

      Carla

      1. Hi Carla,

        We recently launched our new app:
        Vent – What’s your ETA? – http://www.vent.am

        It has a lot of features that are similar to Twist.

        It allows you to create an event well in advance so that you do not have to do any manual sync up at the time of the event. Once you create an event and your friend accepts it – everything is automated.

        Notifications with On the way / arrival information are sent to all attendees.

        We do all this without ever sharing your location.

        And it’s extremely intuitive and easy to use.

        Please do try it out and we’d love to get your feedback @vent.am.app@gmail.com
        iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id939969401?mt=8
        Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vent.eventapp

    2. Stefan I just tried Pathshare unfortunatelly it crashes every time I try to add participant. We used Twist with my fellow slightly geeky friends at work -‘I am a consultant and that menas always on the move I may be overseeing a number of teams at the same time with a number of client meetings every day. I would be willing to pay a subscription for a premium service that can do the following – grab tomorrows meetings from my exchange calendar, tell me when I need to go depedning on traffic and so that I am 15 minutes ahead to park and clear reception etc and share the location of all the people invited to the same meeting (of course subject to their consent to do so). It would also be cumbersome to go have to put the recise address for every meeting so please let us set up common labels…. Look forward to new versions of pathshare.

      1. Hi Alex,

        Thank you very much for your feedback! I’m sorry to hear the app crashed when you tried to add participants. We got your crash message and are analysing why this could happen.

        Do you have an email where we could get back to you if we had any questions? That would be great! -> stefan@freshbits.ch

        Also, we already talked about putting the feature in our backlog. We’ll let you know how we decided and when it could be ready.

        Thanks again for the feedback!
        Stefan

    3. Stefan, besides the points that Carla raised, I’d add that sending text messages is not how I want to share if the recipient has the app. They should receive the notification and be able to follow me in the app

  3. Hi,

    We recently launched our new app:
    Vent – What’s your ETA? – http://www.vent.am

    It has a lot of features that are similar to Twist.

    It allows you to create an event well in advance so that you do not have to do any manual sync up at the time of the event. Once you create an event and your friend accepts it – everything is automated.

    Notifications with On the way / arrival information are sent to all attendees.

    We do all this without ever sharing your location.

    And it’s extremely intuitive and easy to use.

    Please do try it out and we’d love to get your feedback @vent.am.app@gmail.com
    iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id939969401?mt=8
    Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vent.eventapp

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