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share your locationI’ve been preaching about geolocation apps for quite some time now. Whether it’s Foursquare Check In & Become Mayor of Your Favorite Venues With Foursquare Check In & Become Mayor of Your Favorite Venues With Foursquare Read More , similar apps 5 Best Location-Based Alternatives to Foursquare 5 Best Location-Based Alternatives to Foursquare Read More , services like Check.in Check.in To Multiple Your Location Tracker Apps At Once [Android, iPhone, iPad] Check.in To Multiple Your Location Tracker Apps At Once [Android, iPhone, iPad] Read More , or any of the other geotagging apps we’ve covered, every geolocation app puts a fun twist on a very useful technology: GPS.

Glympse is the latest geolocation app I’ve become really excited about, because it offers a service that is extremely useful. Essentially, Glympse allows you to share your location with anyone for a specified period of time. It’s easier and faster than a phone call or text message, and it allows you to answer the question, “Where are you at?” without having to pull out your phone.

How Does Glympse Work?

Like I said in the title, Glympse is simple. After you install the app on your mobile device (more on that below), you can begin sharing your location with your friends or loved ones, or “send them a Glympse”.

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To send a Glympse, simply select a contact from your list, set a duration (e.g. 15 minutes), and hit send. Anyone with an Internet-enabled phone or computer can receive a Glympse, with no software or setup required. You can send a Glympse to a specific person, several people, or even to Facebook and Twitter.

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I also said that Glympse is safe, and by that I mean you have complete control over who sees you and for how long. Coincidentally, it also prevents you from having to call or text people while you’re driving just to tell them where you are. With Glympse, you can set the time limit beforehand and let the app do the talking for you.

Glympse’s website offers a very good simulation of how the app looks and works. For more information on what Glympse is and what it’s for, you can also check out this funny, yet informative video:

Other Features Of Glympse

With Glympse you can be sharing your location in real-time with others in seconds. There’s no sign-up, no passwords, and no social network for you to manage, and it works on a number of different devices, including the iPhone/iTouch, Android, Windows Mobile, and even the iPad.

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As stated above, the recipient of your Glympses doesn’t need the app to get them. They can be sent to anyone via email, SMS, Facebook, or Twitter. Glympse will send a link to your real-time position and, optionally, your speed, destination, a message, and your ETA. It will automatically stop after the preset time period passes. You can even get a route from yourself to your friend’s current location/destination.

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The video below does a great job of showing how the app works with Facebook and the iPad:

Where Can I Get Glympse?

If you are looking to install Glympse on an iOS device, you can get the app on iTunes. For Android users, you can check out Android Zoom or use the bar scanning app on your phone to scan this QR code:

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If you are a Windows Mobile user, you can get Glympse here. Don’t have any of these devices? Glympse also has a beta program listed on their website for users who would like to get the app on their phone.

Conclusion

I think this is a really cool app. It is a really good use for geolocation technology and I think it’s something everyone can use on a weekly or even daily basis. Save yourself the hassle of having to answer a dozen calls from your friends asking, “When are you going to be here? Where are you?”. Send them a Glympse!

Anyway, that’s my two cents. I’d love to hear what you have to say about this app. What do you think of Glympse?

  1. Andy
    January 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I agree that it looks like a great real world application of GPS-on-phone technology. I can't wait to start using it, and I like the "marathon" idea. I don't do marathons but when I go for a run or long bike ride it could be useful to let the family know where I am (and if I stop for any period of time unplanned, to maybe call and check on me). One to use for the kids also if you need to know where they are.

  2. Elbow
    January 12, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I used this app before and i found it annoying that i had to have the app in the foreground for it to refresh location. so say if somone sends you a glympse for 30 min while driving to your house and they switch to their music player (or any other app) the glympse will not refresh the location.
    Does anyone know if this is still the case?

    • Steve Campbell
      January 13, 2011 at 1:19 am

      Hmm, that's interesting. I have to imagine that they've fixed that by now.

  3. Elbow
    January 13, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I used this app before and i found it annoying that i had to have the app in the foreground for it to refresh location. so say if somone sends you a glympse for 30 min while driving to your house and they switch to their music player (or any other app) the glympse will not refresh the location.
    Does anyone know if this is still the case?

  4. ceedee
    January 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I've been using Glympse occasionally on Android phones over the last year and it's proved invaluable, particularly when I'm driving.

    • Steve Campbell
      January 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Amazing. Really glad to see that ceedee!

  5. John Hulsey
    January 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I'm running my first Half Marathon in March and this will be a perfect way to share my progress with my friends. I'm going to download it, play around with it, and see if it works like I think it will. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Steve Campbell
      January 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Congrats, John, I hope it works out for you. The only thing I'm thinking could be in question is the time limit feature, but there might be a workaround. At any rate good luck in the marathon!

    • Aibek
      January 14, 2011 at 7:30 am

      Hey John, let us know how you like it

  6. ceedee
    January 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I've been using Glympse occasionally on Android phones over the last year and it's proved invaluable, particularly when I'm driving.

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