Glympse, Inc. announced Tuesday the availability in Beta of their new Glympse service, which allows users to share their real-time location with others on a limited-time basis. Customers can choose who can see where they are and for how long - from minutes to hours. The service is available now on T-Mobile G1 phones but will roll out on the iPhone, Blackberry and other smartphones in the future.
When users share their location, their whereabouts are represented dynamically on a map. The user enters the phone number or e-mail of the person or persons they want to share their location with as well as the duration, then hit "send." The receiver of this information can then click on a url to view a map showing the real-time location of the sender, their speed and estimated time of arrival at their destination (if the destination has been sent). The receiver does not need to download Glympse to view this information, but will, according to a statement by the company, "have a more dynamic experience" if they do.
Said Bryan Trussel, co-founder and CEO of Glympse, Inc., “In reality, there are very few people who we want to know where we are all of the time; yet, there are lots of people who we want to know where we are some of the time. Only Glympse offers the ability to share your location with exactly whom you want, for exactly how long you choose.”