For many months now, I’ve used Gowalla and Foursquare to alert my friends, family and co-workers to my location at any given time. When I’m away on business or pleasure, it’s fun to “https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-store/idcom.glympse.android.glympse?mt=8″ app_id=”309669” target=”_blank”>Glympse. This free app does what Foursquare and Gowalla do – sharing your exact position with others – without all the bells, whistles and privacy concerns that come along with them.
Once you’ve set your location, Glympse creates a one-off web page, containing your first name, location and Google Map showing your location. The app makes it easy to share a link to this private web page to anyone via email, SMS (text message) and, yes, Facebook (showing to friends only) or Twitter.
The secret sauce? Your location is only shared for the duration of time you specify, then the page and its information go away. No virtual breadcrumbs. No trace. No privacy concerns. I’ll miss my Gowalla badges and Foursquare mayorships, but Glympse gives me much better control of who knows where I am, and for how long. Perfect.