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Google Maps’ improved live-sharing makes it harder to fib about your ETA

Google Maps trip sharing

Remember the glory days of the pre-smartphone era, when the only things you did with your handset besides calling people were texting and maybe playing Snake? Those were the days, back when you'd be planning to meet up with friends and were able to promise yeah, yeah, I'm on my way when you know good and well you were still nursing a bag of Cheetos and sitting on the couch. Heck, I was as guilty of that as anyone. I'm on my way. I'm about to leave. I'll be there in a minute. Now here we are, with Google Maps but the latest smartphone application to make it super-simple to share your live location with any contact you want. So that they can follow along, watching the icon that is you slowly snaking along the road the way spies and such do in the movies when they're tracking someone. Not to cast this in some sort of anti-privacy light, it's just -- no more "I'm on my way." Tap. Let me actually see where you are. (Sigh.)

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