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App of the week for journalists – Glympse, for sharing your location

App of the week: Glympse

Operating systems: iPhone, Android, Windows, BlackBerry

Cost: Free

What is it and how is it of use to journalists? Glympse allows you to share your location privately by texting and emailing, or publicly on Facebook and Twitter.

It could be particularly handy if meeting a fellow journalist in a difficult environment, such as when covering a story like a protest or marathon, or more simply to send your whereabouts back to the newsdesk.

One advantage of this app over other location sharing options is that the person receiving your location can do so on a mobile phone or on a computer and the recipient does not need to have the app.

Glympse automatically records the time so the recipient can find out how long ago you were at that point and even track your movements.

The app has some handy features such as being able to add a message and specify your destination.

Reviews: It gets 2.5 stars in iTunes App Store, 4.5 stars in the Android Market and 2.5 stars in the BlackBerry App World.

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