Zhiing combines the power of GPS and text messaging in an effort to bring you the ultimate location application.
Zhiing allows users to send a text message or “Zhiing” from their handset or desktop computers with their exact location to someone else. When the recipient opens the Zhiing they’ll have a map and turn-by-turn directions of how to get to your location from their location.
With Zhiing you don’t have to sign up for anything. Load the application and input your phone number and you’re good to go. Zhiing isn’t phone-specific so if the person you’re sending to doesn’t have an iPhone they can still enjoy app. There is a Zhiing browser add-on that allows users to send directly from a computer to a mobile phone.
Zhiing does have it share of issues. Currently, the application doesn’t send the Zhiing very fast — it takes forever to load.
Furthermore, Zhiing consistently had problems pinpointing my exact location. In fact, it gave me an error message that asked me to move to a “clear view of the sky and try resending”. It would be nice to be able to move the pin to your current location manually to obviate this kind of message. Sending the directions to an email address would be handy too. It is also missing the ability to Zhiing to multiple contacts at the same time, something we hope will be added in future updates.
Zhiing is definitely the kind of application that could come in handy in any number of situations. If you’re stuck somewhere and you need someone to come and get you it’s perfect. If you’ve decided to meet a group out for dinner or an activity it’s the great application to get you there without difficulty.
The application is also free which makes it accessible to anyone who wants to try it out. Zhiing has an excellent aim but will certainly have to work hard to earn its keep among the myriad geo-location social networking apps like Twinkle, BrightKite, and Loopt.