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Facebook unveils a service to announce where users are

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posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 10:08 AM
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Facebook unveils a service to announce where users are


www.nytimes.com

Using Places on hand-held devices like the iPhone and other smartphones, users will be able to check in, for example, at a restaurant, bar or museum, alerting their friends on Facebook of their presence. They will then be able to see, using the service, any friends that are nearby, as well as other people who have checked in at the same location and have agreed to have their location broadcast widely.
(visit the link for the full news article)


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posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 10:08 AM
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Valuable Facebook Feature or a Stalker's Best Friend?

From my first impressions, there is far less privacy protection here than meets the eye. On Facebook, you will now be able to see the privacy controls (click the Customize tab) for your geographic location feature, which they call Place. I reset my Place tab to the "Only Me" choice, at least for now, until I can find more data about exactly what triggers my geographic location to be shown.

One strange default option, for example, that you should be aware of right away is that once any of your Facebook Friends broadcast your geographic location, your option to define your Place as viewable by "only me" goes away, and your only remaining option then is to select the option "Not For Now"...does that mean you have to keep re-selecting "Not For Now" each time you log into Facebook? That is unclear so far.

The exact pinpointing of your geographic location only takes place currently for iPhone users, but as more GPS-enabled devices come onstream that will expand. Otherwise only your general neighborhood location is shown, which many people, including myself, would much rather not have as the default option. That should be a no-brainer.

www.nytimes.com
(visit the link for the full news article)

Here's a link to a comprehensive overview of privacy options on the new Facebook Places feature:

dotrights.org...

[edit on 8/19/2010 by Uphill]



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 10:26 AM
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People are so sucked into facebook, that most of the users won't even care. Privacy is dead, and our culture is being trained not to care. I erased my facebook account after I realized the amount of time I was wasting on that site, and how everyone posts the dumbest crap (example: "taking a shower" "working late tonight. lame.")

WTF!!! WHO CARES!!! I tried to educate some people on facebook about how their rights were being violated but those people are so dumbed-down that they only wanted to keep posted stupid crap. It's truly sad to see what our culture has become.



[edit on 19-8-2010 by monkeySEEmonkeyDO]



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 10:31 AM
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I'm a facebook addict I tried to quit but its kinda like that south park episode,and everyone just kept bugging me Oh I sent you a message on facebook did you get it? You haven't updated your status in awhile are you ok? Once your on you can never leave



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 10:55 AM
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I left my account up, but never go there. I still get emails for activities my friends and family send out.

I just do not go there and post or look at comments anymore.

Several people have done the same, why do you not return my messages or comments they ask. Sorry, if I wanted to know everything about everyone, I would have become a CIA agent.



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 10:59 AM
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I deleted my FB account months ago.

These add-ons to FB in my opinion only create problems.

There have already been murders because of something simple as "relationship status".

This new development is a stalkers dream.I see nothing but problems with this new add and dont really see any benefit.

If someone is out or at a resturant and want to meet their real friends then they should stick to the old system of running into them, phoning or texting.

Once privacy is given to the WWW then it is VERY hard to take it back if that is at all possible.

My .2 cents!!



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 11:02 AM
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I tried to ignore it and say I quit but when you get calls from people asking if your all right its a bit annoying... Cell phones are just as bad I had mine off for an exam and it was off for 30 mins before and an hour during and, in that 30 mins before I had 3 people come up and say I thought you had died or slept in why didn't you answer my texts or calls.. During the hour of my exam I ended up getting 3 messages from my father he knew I was in an exam asking if my exam was going well and wondering why I wasn't texting back.



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 11:09 AM
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Awesome,..
Who is gonna need RFID chips implanted when the already know where you are via phone,..
Cause really,.. who doesn't have a cell phone



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 11:10 AM
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I noticed a friend of mine on facebook last week had a new update about where they were at...linked to this new-er service called "foursquare". He put that he was at work...and it showed me exactly where he worked. Then, later in the day, he put that he was home...and showed exactly where he lived.

And this is one of my smart friends...

I don't get this at all. I said it before: Someone will be stalked and killed because of foursquare/this new application.



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 11:12 AM
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What?

So I can walk up into any porn shop and tag all my friends as 'checked in'?

Wow... probably the nail in the coffin, this is just a joke.



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 11:17 AM
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Thanks for the feedback, all. In cases where you get too pressured for an "immediate" text reply, set clear boundaries with those people, including family members. Anyone who cannot honor those boundaries should face some consequences for their disrespect. You deserve to have a life.



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 11:18 AM
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Doesn't matter.

Every Cellphone since 1996 I think, has a GPS tracking device for 911 emergencies so police can track you if needed.

Google Latitude has been out for a while and does the same tracking friends thing.

I have it on my BlackBerry for fun and to check some friends.
I don't care that much that Google is data mining my locations because if they wanted to track me they would do it anyways without the need for Google and Facebook friend location search.

My GPS on my phone tracks me within 1-3 meters exact.

When I realized facebook was data mining everyone's privacy, I kept my facebook account and just posted a ton of anti-government pictures.

I'm more concerned about facial recognition proframs, facebook has a pretty good one.



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 11:22 AM
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Sounds like more of the same diffusive, distractive, divisive, high-maintenance consumer pursuit of 'happiness'. In the 60's it was 'better living through chemistry' now 'ditto via technology'.

It's enough to give ya Multiple Personality Disorder.



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 11:54 AM
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Originally posted by Xiamara
Cell phones are just as bad I had mine off for an exam and it was off for 30 mins before and an hour during and, in that 30 mins before I had 3 people come up and say I thought you had died or slept in why didn't you answer my texts or calls.. During the hour of my exam I ended up getting 3 messages from my father he knew I was in an exam asking if my exam was going well and wondering why I wasn't texting back.


Wow, it sounds like even your father needs some boundaries set. If you had answered him and been found texting during an exam, they would have reason to fail you, on the grounds of possible cheating.

I hope you explained that to him, or at least before the next exam.

Make sure he/they know this about job interviews too, or start training them by turning off your phone more often.



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 12:02 PM
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Even if you set all your privacy controls in Facebook to completely as private as they can be, every time they come out with a new feature, and I check my controls, some of them have been turned back to "everyone".

I didn't trust the site from the start, so I registered with a different province, and birthday. I also don't put up any pictures other than pets. Now I find out I have to even take my pet's pictures away from the house, or their location is in there :shk:

Great tool for stalkers or home invaders.



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 12:08 PM
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Oh yeah... I never turn off my phone now because of such scenarios... My phone now even gives me facebook updates and emails and I can do everything from my phone, which is my baby I love it. Its an addiction now. Everyone jokes about the crackberry but its a serious problem.

I am a huge phone addict I text near 100 texts a day minimum. Smartphones are a HUGE problem I had my 3 months and then I was hooked. I tried to go a month without being able to text check email or status updates and I couldn't do it.

As for facebook privacy, my first account I used an alias and different location I ended up getting that account deleted because , Facebook does not support Aliases we strive to keep our site honest. They made me use my real name and location.



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 12:54 PM
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Whoa, home invasion, you are too right. Thank you for the reminder to keep checking back at the Facebook privacy control panel. A default value of "everyone?" The "free" Facebook is being revealed as very high maintenance after all.



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 03:08 PM
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so its like this


Facebook status updated * is now taking a dump in the toilet

Facebook status updated * is now walking the Dog down so and so

Facebook status updated * is back in the Bog taking a dump, that curry really is giving it the works


sorry couldnt resist



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 06:32 PM
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Originally posted by Xiamara
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As for facebook privacy, , Facebook . They made me use my real name and location.
That statment is exactly why I choose to not participate,. Wow,. not cool.
But this is exactly what they want,. everyone to be cataloged



posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 06:37 PM
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I looked at the profile privacy settings today and there is a new addition:

Friends can check me into places: select one, enabled, disabled.

This is an additional feature that you should activate or not, in addition to deciding if you will be using it yourself. There is something to be said for making the choice to check yourself in, but it's a bit overboard allowing one's friends to do so without one's knowledge or consent.

I am really starting to dislike all these upgrades and "customer service" related features that social media sites continue to develop. So tempted to bow out of it all.

[edit on 19-8-2010 by Glimmer]



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