Glympse - Controlled Location Sharing with Friends
Glympse is one of my favorite iPhone Apps, and if you haven't tried it, you should check it out. Really is one of the best location based services ideas that I have seen come out.
It allows you to send your location for a set time duration to a set of friends so they know your whereabouts. Works great for me when i am traveling to see others of meet them at a certain location. You fire up the Glypmse App, choose to send a Glypmse to a friend via email or text. They get a short URL, tap on it and see a map of your location and some information (short message from you, and optionally your speed). It does not give you directions on how to get to a destination so you would use it in conjunction with a GPS if you needed one. They recently updated the service to send a Tweet on Twitter of your location or post to your Facebook wall with a little self contained application that shows your location right on Facebook (see video below).
With the new multi-tasking on the iOS 4 for the iPhone, Glympse can do its stuff in the background while you do what you want while traveling. It's a free download and it is available on the iPhone, Android, and Windows mobile.
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Posted by Scott Martin at July 21, 2010 11:05 AM