As location based social media sites like foursquare pick up momentum (I talked about it in my previous post). Here is one site that seems to have got a lot of attention lately for creating awareness on the fall out of location based social media. Previously on this site ‘Please rob me’, they had an aggregation of all public Twitter messages that have been pushed through fast-growing location-based networking site Foursquare, one of a few services that encourages people to share their current whereabouts online with friends. The purpose of the site being, if you are out then you’re definitely not at home.
The danger is publicly telling people where you are. This is because it leaves one place you’re definitely not… home. So here we are; on one end we’re leaving lights on when we’re going on a holiday, and on the other we’re telling everybody on the internet we’re not home. It gets even worse if you have “friends” who want to colonize your house. That means they have to enter your address, to tell everyone where they are. Your address.. on the internet.. Now you know what to do when people reach for their phone as soon as they enter your home. That’s right, slap them across the face.
The site now no longer provides twitter feeds as they say they have achieved what they had set out to do and that is to create awareness on the fall out of over sharing information online. They seem to have got the attention of the media and the social media enthusiast that have been talking about ‘location based services’. Here is some of the buzz that has been generated by them in recent months on blogs & news providers.
In terms of what’s next for this website here is what they have to say – “Currently we’re looking through the emails we’ve received regarding the future of the website. As soon as we’ve thought of a suitable way to continue, you’ll find it right here.”