Whether you’re driving to a meeting for work or walking over to a bar to meet up with friends, with a new iOS app called Twist, you can use geolocation to let everyone know your estimated time of arrival.
As with other navigation systems, on Twist you can punch in your location and final destination and wait for the app to give you directions.
The difference is that Twist follows you the entire time and keeps the friends of your choice in the loop with updates on how long it will take you to get there based on distance, traffic, and method of transportation.
It also syncs with your phone so that you can access photos, email, and messages from app. If you plan a trip from a calendar event, it will remind you when to leave.
The beauty of it is that you don’t have to manually update your status while you’re in transit. You can be standing in the street, sitting behind the wheel, or riding in a train underground, and everyone (namely your mother) will already know where you are.
The app has also been built to minimize battery drain.
Twist co-founders Bill Lee and Mike Belshe launched version 1.0 with $6 million in Series A funding, according to TheNextWeb. eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll led the round, with participation from Bridgescale Partners and Lee himself.
The Android version is not available yet, but you can download Twist for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad here.