Location sharing for commercial and proprietary content applications

  • US 10,341,808 B2
  • Filed: 11/27/2018
  • Issued: 07/02/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A server-implemented method for location-sharing, the server-implemented method comprising:

  • providing an application for selective download by a user to a GPS- and web-enabled wireless device of the user;

    responsive to launch of the application on the GPS- and web-enabled wireless device, receiving GPS coordinates of the GPS- and web-enabled wireless device from the application; and

    conditioned on registration of the GPS- and web-enabled wireless device and receipt of payment information,accessing commercial content specific to one or more enterprises, wherein at least some of the commercial content is dependent on the GPS coordinates of the wireless device,receiving a selection, made via the application by the user, of a specific one of the one or more enterprises,selecting a map dependent on the location of the selected enterprise, and transmitting the selected map to the GPS- and web-enabled wireless device;

    wherein said method further comprises establishing an ad-hoc location-sharing relationship and, in association with the ad-hoc location-sharing relationship,tracking updated position of at least one wireless device, andupdating the selected map so that the application displays to the user a moving map that indicates the location and direction of travel of the at least one wireless device.

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