Methods and systems for temporarily sharing position data between mobile-device users

  • US 9,467,832 B2
  • Filed: 09/05/2014
  • Issued: 10/11/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for sharing position data between location-sharing-enabled wireless devices using a location-sharing server, the method comprising:

  • maintaining a user database associating users with respective ones of the location-sharing-enabled wireless devices;

    organizing the users in lists responsive to input from the users; and

    establishing a position-sharing relationship between a first of the users, associated with a first of the wireless devices, and a second of the users, associated with a second of the wireless devices, byreceiving instructions from the first wireless device to request a location of the second wireless device,conveying the request to the second wireless device,receiving a response from the second wireless device agreeing to share the location of the second wireless device for a time period,receiving GPS position data from the second wireless device, andconveying the GPS position data to the first wireless device over the time period and automatically ceasing conveying the GPS position data when the time period has expired;

    wherein organizing the users in lists responsive to input from the users is performed responsive to instructions received from respective ones of the wireless devices which select specific ones of the other users, to thereby permit each of the users to define a buddy list, at least one of the buddy lists comprising the first wireless device and the second wireless device.

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