"Are we there yet?" Ah, the mantra of kids traveling in the backseat for ages. "Are you here yet?" Just as annoying, this friend, family and colleague quip via text and phone call is no longer needed with the real-time location sharing web and mobile app En Route!, which announced an update this week.
Adding easier login options via Facebook and the ability to share trips via SMS, the 1.2 update to En Route! aims to simplify the user experience. The app was created by entrepreneurial vets Dave Smiddy (sold Infrinity to GetJar) and Ross MacKinnon (a social networking pioneer who helped build Friendster with Jonathan Abrams) who wanted an easier way to get together with friends, family and colleagues.
What's great about the app is that it has the ability to automatically notify your friends, family and colleagues when you depart, are a few minutes out and just about to get to your meet up. Location information is only shared with people that you choose and is automatically turned off at the end of the trip or can be manually stopped at anytime within the app. (more...)