Glympse now available in new Windows Marketplace for mobile
Free application includes new Twitter integration, available for most Windows Phones
REDMOND, Wash. — October 6, 2009 — Glympse, the new service that visually answers the question “Where are you?” has been selected as one of the Showcase applications within the newly launched Windows® Marketplace for Mobile. With Glympse, Windows® phones with GPS users now have the ability to share their location as easily as making a phone call or sending a text message. The service also includes upgraded tools, including an integrated Twitter feature that makes it easier for users to temporarily share their location with followers.
Glympse is the only location-sharing service that allows users to share their whereabouts with anyone they choose for a set amount of time — up to four hours — using the company’s patent-pending GlympseWatch™ technology. With Glympse, Windows phone users just simply download the app for free and, after a few clicks, they can temporarily share their location with any friends, family or colleagues with a mobile or computer Internet connection. There is no special software or account required to receive a Glympse. Once the Glympse expires, there is no way to see the sender’s location again unless he/she sends another Glympse.
“We created Glympse to be a simple and safe way to share location instantly, without requiring the creation of yet another social network,” said Bryan Trussel, co-founder and CEO of Glympse, Inc. “And now Windows phone users can eliminate the countless calls and text messages it takes to share their location with others — one Glympse will continually update designated contacts or followers in real-time for exactly how long you choose. It’s real-time, dynamic location-sharing made easy.”
Since its official launch on T-Mobile phones with Android in May, Glympse has received accolades from industry influencers and consumers alike. With its inclusion in Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Windows phone users now can take advantage of the simplicity of Glympse to update their colleagues, friends and loved ones with their location.
How it Works
Once Glympse is downloaded, users simply select or enter a phone number or email for one or more contacts or their Twitter account, set the duration they want their location to be visible to the recipient(s), and hit send. To access a Glympse, recipients simply need a Web-enabled phone or computer. To open, click on the unique URL embedded in the Glympse message, which launches a dynamic map that shows the sender’s location in real-time interactive fidelity, turn-by-turn, including speed of travel, and — if a destination has been designated — the estimated arrival time. While recipients do not need to download software to view a Glympse message, having the application provides for a richer, more dynamic experience.
The GlympseWatch timer can be set for one instant, sending a snapshot of the sender’s location at that moment, or for a specified time period for up to four hours. The timer adds an important layer of security and addresses the concern that users can easily forget to turn off location-sharing mode and unintentionally broadcast their location at inappropriate times. Senders also have the flexibility to pause or delete a Glympse at any time or elect to extend it before it expires. Glympse’s unique time-based approach makes it appropriate for use with a much broader list of people encountered in daily life, including family and friends, business associates, casual acquaintances, and people you may be meeting only once and do not want to know your location on an ongoing basis.
Glympse is currently available for download in Windows Marketplace for Mobile and on Android phones, and the service is coming soon to other top smartphones. To see Glympse in action or to register for notification of upcoming Glympse releases, visit www.blog.glympse.com.
About Glympse Inc.
Based in the Seattle area, Glympse, Inc. was founded in March 2008 by three former Microsoft veterans – Bryan Trussel, Jeremy Mercer, and Steve Miller – who collectively saw a need for a new type of location-sharing service. Glympse allows GPS-enabled mobile phone users to share their location for a pre-set period of time with anyone they choose using patent-pending GlympseWatch™ technology. Designed to keep up with an increasingly mobile lifestyle, Glympse visually answers the question of “Where are you?” with a dynamic map that updates a sender’s whereabouts in real-time. Glympse was developed with consumer safety and privacy in mind, and the service provides users with complete control over WHO can view their location, WHEN and for HOW LONG. The company works with several industry groups, including ConnectSafely.org. Glympse™ and GlympseWatch™ are trademarks of Glympse Inc. For more information, visit www.blog.glympse.com.
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