IM+ update brings Neighbors [give-away]

IM+, the popular instant messaging app for iPhone and iPad, has updated to 5.0 and bring a new feature called Neighbors. With Neighbors, you can locate your friends on a map and chat with people nearby.

Neighbors offers a new dimension of communication in IM+ by providing users the opportunity to find new real life connections and friends with common interests. When signed in, users of Neighbors IM+ will be able to locate friends on the map, chat with local friends as well as initiate conversations with other people who are located nearby.

The update also includes:

  • New services icons
  • DND/Busy status support
  • Account history delete
  • Multiple bug fixes

The folks at SHAPE Services generously provided us with a few promo codes for IM+ Pro to give away to our readers! For a chance to win, just let us know what you think of the new Neighbors feature in the comments below!

[$9.99 for Pro - iTunes link] [Free for lite - iTunes link]

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Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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IM+ update brings Neighbors [give-away]

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Such an awesome feature! They really nailed it with that one...
I wonder how many ppl it will pick up in my area...

This is pretty cool.
I can find my mother, wife or brothers with this if they ever have car problems on a highway

With lots of friends on the I phones it would be a good tool to text and find them. Pretty cool App. will download the lite and give it a spin.

This is an awesome app, but it's too expensive. Reminds me of the Blackberry AppWorld where everything is overpriced.

It'd be interesting to see who nearby was using it, but I doubt I'd drop a "Hello, I was stalking the neighborhood and you popped up in my IM+!" on anyone.

Sounds very interesting. It would be nice to try that. I always wanted a IM app that can connect to all my networks. :)

I used to use this on my Blackberry and would LOVE to have it on my iPhone and the new features sound interesting.

Location based services are the future of mobile communications. Shape moving forward in this direction is obviously going to keep it one step ahead :)

The service is pretty cool. The only downside is I ran into a bug. The app keeps crashing when you choose photo album to change your "neighbors" picture. One other thing I would change is maybe zoom out and zoom in when seeing where contacts are. Just so you can get a better idea of where the person you are talking to is located. Other than those two, its a great implementation and looks awesome on the iPad!

Would be really cool to try out at concerts, games, and other events when you weren't aware that some of your friends were there, too. Sounds cool!

Hi, Leanna! I've always felt that IM+ was just another instant messaging app, so I never really had any interest in it. But since they've added the Neighbors feature, it's really piqued my interest. I wonder if it's anything like Patch or Home Elephant...?

Unless I missed something in settings, it would be nice to have the ability to limit the area covered by the neighbors feature. As it stands now that feature pulls in people from over 5k miles away.

I think the neighbors feature is cool until someone wants to meet in person. Might be risky, but I'll try it out!

I've been using the lite version on my iPad and iPhone for a while and I have to say this is certainly the best IM app for iOS especialy in terms of customization. The new Neighbors feature is just the frosting on an already amazing app - a very good solution to expand your friends list. Hopefully it can be turned off for privacy fanatics like myself :)

Neighbors+ looks like an interesting service - I certainly hope Privacy is a top concern though. I'd love a promo code for the Pro version! :)

This is something im going to try. I live in a neighborhood full of old people and it will be fun to see just how tech savvy some, if any, of them are. A pro version wouldn't hurt too :D

Sounds interesting, but not something new to the field. I'd probably use it to see, but not so much use it to interact with the majority.

Looks like a great app to consolidate my various IM services... but I don't think I care much about the Neighbors feature. I'd love a free copy of Pro. :)

Yes, it does. It's a bit creepy. I quickly changed my "location accuracy" to "City" so it just shows the city I'm in, which is good enough for me. You can click on an icon to view the map of anyone in the list. That means you can easily click a few times to get directions to their exact location via Google Maps. This is the DEFAULT setting... Not too smart.

It actually might be interesting. A little strange, but hey - so is talking at someone on the subway...
I wonder if there's a way to weed out sex offenders? ;)

Neigbours feature is great because it will help to find new friends on our area ;) I would love to get a code ;)

I liked Google Latitude but none of my friends used it, hopefully this is a great alternative.

Interesting feature. I always liked the nearby tweets on Twitter - curious to see what the buzz is about around me - and this looks somewhat similar.

Other than a wee bit creepy and stalkerish, the new neghbor feature does sound like it could be fun. Just another way to expand on the IM idea.

It's a nice feature, but has many flaws in it's initial implementation. First and foremost, during the signup for their Neighbors service, it should ask you what level of "location accuracy" you prefer, and the default should be "City". They do not ask you this, and the default is "Maximum", meaning they show your full street address to anyone who sees you in their "Neighbors" list.
The other big flaw is that the Neighbors list is sorted by name, and not by distance. And there's no way to change the sorting. The default should be by distance, so you can actually chat with people nearby. The top of my Neighbors list shows somone named "Ashfin" that is 9656 miles away in "Arak, Iran". How is this a "neighbor"?

I'd love a free copy of the pro version. I have used the lite version in the past, but it was always buggy and I didn't like the adds. It would be a great upgrade for my social needs if I could get the pro version. Overall it is a great app with potential, and I have heard alot of good things, just need to get the full version for it to work to the best of it's potential.

Not sure I want folks to know exactly where I am. However, I don't live near any friends...so I got that going for me.

I dont know what to say about this... I dont have this software on my iPad... But it would be nice to have it with a promo code.

I think it's gonna be fun to chat with people near where we are. But I won't use it in my house coz we never know if there is a bad guy near our home.

Using IM+ lite for some time now and I love it. I would really like to have a chance to test PRO version.

Well, that's great! A bit of Google Latitude, a bit of Facebook Places, a bit of Foursquare, a bit of Google Places, all mixed up with some IM+ flavour = the perfect recipe! Hm, I'd love to try this one! ;)

Sounds great but is it going to be based on an existing service like google latitude or some internal solution?
I'd prefer the first.

I kinda like that feature if you're in an environment where people are open to meeting somebody else. It's almost like these old bars where every table had a telephone with a number and you could call just here you bring your device yourself. I'd love to try it and see who I can meet =)
Christoph

I am totally with the idea, I love it, but they have to take into consideration that blocked/ignored users dont get my status.. or if they see me near and online it would be a blast lol!
Diffently going to try it out if I decide to get IM+ over Buzz