Zhiing Your Location to Anyone, Anytime

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zhiing iphoneZhiing 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.

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  • Jarhead

    Over are the days of trying to get directions to a party! haha This is a great idea

  • Roxy22

    Does the other person have to have the Zhiing application too to get the directions from your Zhiing text??

  • geraldMcG123

    It's great they can pinpoint your location using your phone but a manual option would be smart too

  • Frances2364

    This is so useful in so many ways. I can think of more than 5 instances in the past month where this would have come in so handy. I'm definitely purchasing one within the next couple of days

    Go me!

  • http://www.zhiing.com/ grant

    Thanks for the comments and the story.

    To touch on a couple of the comments, if you want to manually send a location you can do that with the browser add-on, visit zhiing.com to download.

    In the next release v1.1, we will be including a field to enter an address that's different from your current location on your phone. Being able to send to multiple contacts is in the next release along with the from field to include a name instead of the senders number. That release should be available from the iTunes app store after the 10th of November.

    Speed...we're making the app as fast as possible but the network is the primary culprit. Regarding apps like Twinkle, BrightKite, and Loopt...We're not trying to compete in the social networking environment, zhiings can be sent to anyone. If they don't have the app, and their device is supported, they'll get an SMS text with a download link. If the device is not supported the user can enter their current address and receive SMS text messages with turn by turn directions to the senders location.

    Thanks again for trying zhiing!

  • http://www.waves.wavgroup.com Victor Lund

    Does this only work on the iphone or does it work on all GPS phones? It sounds like it would be better if you could send a location to anyone on any phone or network.

    I saw their press release yesterday and I am trying to figure out if the information is true. Any ideas?