Location sharing and tracking using mobile phones or other wireless devices

  • US 8,798,593 B2
  • Filed: 05/07/2013
  • Issued: 08/05/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus, comprising:

  • a server;

    a database representing an account for a first individual, the account having an associated buddy list that identifies multiple users; and

    software responsive to a request from the first individual to obtain a map, to obtain a last known position for multiple users identified by the buddy list, and to plot the last known location of at least two of the multiple users on the map, and to transmit the map with plotted locations to the first individual;

    where the software is to request and store position information associated with cell phones of plural ones of the multiple users and where the software is to permit the first individual to change geography represented by the map and to transmit to the first individual a map representing the changed geography with plotted position of at least one of the multiple users, each in a manner not requiring concurrent voice communications; and

    wherein the software to obtain the map is to obtain the map in a manner having a default geographic resolution.

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