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Facebook piled into the mobile stalking space yesterday, with its Places service which enables users to reveal where they are in meat space with a tap of a finger. The service, which is initially rolling out on iPhones in the US, adds a button to the Facebook mobile application allowing a user to "check in" to his current …

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WTF?

The "People Here Now" feature,..

...which allows one to see any Facebook users in the same location..

Aah, a way for Facebook users to experience glaucoma - looking around and only being able to see a subset of the people actually present.

Another example of "diminished reality" courtesy of technology.

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Stop

The "Hello, I'm not at home!" Button

Please come and rob me blind!

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Got a job

Being employed means you are not at home for large parts of the day (except for the obvious exceptions). Your daily jaunt down to the train station already broadcasts this fact to any burglars already in range of your house.

Solution: quit your job and sit at home defending your stuff.

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You miss the point, me thinks

Right now a burglar needs to watch your house and see you leave.

With this he can watch a post code or three from the comfort of his already stolen armchair. And with google streetview, he can even take a good look at the layout of the land prior to a jaunt into your particulars.

Burgling without any of the groundwork it used to have. Genius.

Then again, most of the sad ******* who use facebook have little life and can be found frequenting chav bars and their own bedrooms. So it isn't really a great boon to the 500 million who can't keep friends without the medium of a website.

Either way for zuckerberg and his cronies, this will just give him spacial awareness of his target audience and those '$$$' of advertising and sold data will be targeted all the more lucrative.

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Not long now...

... before 'Adult' network sites pick up on these type of features surely?

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WTF?

Missing the point

"...... opting out of being tagged was too difficult."

No it's not, just don't have a bloody Facebook account!

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Meat space?

I got my own qule term for, like, "reality", man... 'meat space' is so old skule.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/pint_32.png

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surely not

"http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/pint_32.png" isn't nearly as catchy as 'meatspace' is.

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I have had Google Latitude display my location for ages.

I have had Google Latitude display my location on my Facebook profile for ages.

And I have not been robbed/stalked/molested/apprehended/avoided yet. Well I don't think I have been avoided.

And I know about the privacy issues, it was a choice I made. In any case you can set your location manually, anyone who looked on Monday would have seen I was at Buckingham Palace.

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re: "I have had Google Latitude display my location for ages."

Trevor,

What's your location and budget? A stalking rota could probably be arranged if you're feeling unloved.

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Well...

http://pleaserobme.com/

'nuff said.

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Stop

I'm just negative

(Before reading article) Urge to join Facebook = 0

(After reading article) Urge to join Facebook = -42

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Pirate

Where are you, bitch?

I believe it's pronounced: "Whea you at?"

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Grenade

It was a stupid idea when Yahoo suggested it

With FB kicking it around, it can only have completely disasterous consequences... Bitch..

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FAIL

Ummm, no thanks

I'm still playing Life 1.0, and I'm still happy with it.

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Useful article

Just been onto Facebook and turned all the location stuff off in my privacy settings. Seemed pretty easy to do.

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I do love . . .

. . . the abject hatred shown on here for a "thing".

I use FaceBook for the simple reason is it's a convenient way to keep in contact with a large group of people, in multiple countries around the world. I don't need to keep an extensive list of email and phone numbers (tho I do have an extensive list of phone numbers even so).

I even use Foursquare, because it amused me and I only use that when I want too, it's not a permanant thing.

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Re: I do love . . .

But it's evil and everyone who uses it is stupid DO YOU NOT SEE.

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Quite.

It's a tool. Arguably, a number of its users are too but the thing is: you get to choose which of those users you interact with, and you can usually only expose the information you put on there in the first place.

Admittedly, it sounds like this new 'feature' allows others to post information about where you are and link it to your profile. As such, this functionality sohuld probably be disabled by default, but such is the nature of a commercial venture aimed at making a profit; your privacy is an externality in this regard until someone gives them a figurative shoeing for it.

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Joke

and plug in for

http://pleaserobme.com/

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Missing the Marketing Point

But surely this is about shops/organisations knowing where you are, and direct marketing you?

i.e. message from facebook. I see you are near Starbucks Leicester Square. Come on in, and get a mocha at 20% off!

I'll be turning this off.

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