I'm running late. Wait, my phone already told you.

May 19, 2009 By JESSICA MINTZ , AP Technology Writer
In this image provided by Glympse Inc., an rendering of what the Glympse application looks like on T-Mobile's G1 Android phone is shown. (AP Photo/Glympse Inc.)

(AP) -- I'm running late. I'm stuck in traffic. I'm stopping by the market for a bottle of wine. I'm circling for a parking space. I'm just down the block. I'm right outside.

Today, people trade these little updates with a string of cell phone calls and text messages. But companies including Inc. are betting that will change as more smart phones come with technology built in.

Glympse Inc., a Seattle-area startup, is the latest in the field. Its application, also called Glympse, lets smart phone users send a message and a link to a map marking their location to anyone in their address book.

On a computer, recipients can watch in real time as the sender circles the block looking for an open parking space. (On a mobile browser, recipients would have to hit refresh.)

Glympse users can save oft-repeated messages, like Dad's daily confirmation that he's picked up his daughter from day care and is on the way home. Glympses can be set to expire, preventing recipients from tracking senders' moves for longer than desired.

The startup, founded last year by three Corp. veterans, Bryan Trussel, Jeremy Mercer and Steve Miller, hopes to set itself apart from similar programs like Loopt and Google Latitude by not requiring Glympse users to set up a new social network. Recipients don't even need to download the program, though they get a slicker interface if they do.

By contrast, Google's program only works if everyone uses its Gmail service, and Loopt requires all users to download the application and set up a network of friends.

Glympse launched a free "beta" test version of the service Tuesday for T-Mobile's G1 Android phone. Trussel, the chief executive officer, said Glympse hopes to support the free service with location-sensitive advertising at some point.

The company said versions for , Blackberry, Windows Mobile and other devices are coming soon.

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ABCThePaddy
5 / 5 (1) May 19, 2009
So your little brother and your Big Brother can keep tabs on you!
It's tech like this that makes me wanna chuck my mobile out the window and return to the days when I didn't "need" to be contactable at all times. Rant over!
It is amazing technology mind you and looks very useful too, dammit!
daqman
5 / 5 (1) May 19, 2009
I agree, the scope for abuse is huge. So the boss can tell where you went over lunch, spouses can check up on each other etc etc. Even, hey Bob's wife's phone that we stole yesterday says Bob's not at home and won't be home for an hour so we can break in...
jeep1024
5 / 5 (1) May 20, 2009
Looks like the whole point of THIS app is that it caters to GPS-phobes (like the two above). You let people watch when you want, and only for how long you want.
vika_Tae
5 / 5 (1) May 20, 2009
Well, I am a very tech-literate gal, very connected and busy, yet I do not own a mobile phone. Problem solved, really. Use the time when traveling, to be unplugged, and as 'me' time, and avoid any potential big brother issues.
ABCThePaddy
not rated yet May 20, 2009
Looks like the whole point of THIS app is that it caters to GPS-phobes (like the two above). You let people watch when you want, and only for how long you want.

I'm not afraid of GPS mate, I just see potential for abuse, I also pointed out that there is potential for good use too.