Server-implemented methods and systems for sharing location amongst web-enabled cell phones

  • US 10,299,071 B2
  • Filed: 11/24/2018
  • Issued: 05/21/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A server-implemented method of sharing location amongst GPS- and web-enabled cell phones, the method comprising:

  • providing an application for download to each of the GPS- and web-enabled cell phones;

    permitting a user of a first one of the GPS- and web-enabled cell phones to selectively establish a location-sharing group with a user of a selected one of others of the GPS- and web-enabled cell phones, via the application downloaded to the first one of the GPS- and web-enabled cell phones, wherein use of the application downloaded to the first one of the GPS- and web-enabled cell phones by the user of the first one of the GPS- and web-enabled cell phones to selectively establish the location-sharing relationship is conditioned on registration of the associated web-enabled cell phone and submission of payment information;

    intermittently receiving, from the applications downloaded respectively to the first one of the GPS- and web-enabled cell phones and the selected one of the other GPS- and web-enabled cell phones, position information which identifies updated position of the corresponding web-enabled cell phone;

    selecting at least one map dependent on the updated position of the first one of the GPS- and web-enabled cell phones and the updated position of the selected one of the other GPS- and web-enabled cell phones and, dependent on proximity of the updated position of the first one of the GPS- and web-enabled cell phones and the updated position of the selected one of the other GPS- and web-enabled cell phones, and marking the updated position of the first one of the GPS- and web-enabled cell phones and the updated position of the selected one of the other GPS- and web-enabled cell phones on the at least one selected map; and

    transmitting the at least one marked, selected in packet form to the first one of the GPS- and web-enabled cell phones and the selected one of the other GPS- and web-enabled cell phones, for display thereon;

    wherein the application downloaded to the first one of the GPS- and web-enabled cell phones and the application downloaded to the selected one of the other GPS- and web-enabled cell phones are to display the marked, selected at least one map in a manner that can be selectively zoomed and moved in terms of geographic coverage by the respective user.

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