Glympse is a new take on location based applications. It’s not a social network at all, but more of a utility that uses location to let people know where you are and when you are going to be at your destination. You can choose who you want to share your location with and for how long. You can then choose a destination and a message that the recipient will see. All of these setting can be saved to a favorites list so you don’t have to reenter everything each time you want to send a Glympse.
The recipient of the Glympse receives an email or a text message with a special URL that will show them your current location, speed, and time to your destination. You can also share your location on Facebook and Twitter if you would like. Once you connect your Facebook and Twitter you can even choose specific people on those networks to send the message to.
I think Glympse is a great little application! It’s like letting people see what a GPS unit would be showing you while riding in a car. They can see where you are, how fast your moving, and how long it will take you to arrive at your destination. The only problem I see with the application is that it will burn your battery very quickly because it uses GPS and the internet. I had a Glympse running for a couple minutes and it took 5% off my battery in that short of a time. I think this is an application that you should only run if your phone is plugged in somewhere, but over all I think it’s great. Glympse is a free application and runs on Android, iOS, and Windows mobile.