Facebook’s New Geo-Location Service Is Both Cool and Creepy…

Aug 19, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Places, which is Facebook’s new geo-location service, is "both cool and creepy," says ZD Net Bwtween the Lines blogger Sam Diaz.

Writes Diaz: "There were a few instances when the execs on-hand today made this service sound creepier than it needed to be. The idea that guests at a party at my home could turn my home address into a public “place” on Facebook and my only recourse is to flag my address to have it removed.

"I also didn’t like the idea of letting my friends “tag” me at their locations. If we’re all a concert, for example, and a friend checks in with Places, he can “tag” the people who he’s with – just as if you were tagging a person in a photo. Yes, I have to give my permission first and yes, I can also “untag” myself – but who wants to be a party pooper like that?

"And throughout it all, I couldn’t help but wonder how long it takes for the API to be used for a “Who’s not home?” app for burglars. I’m just sayin’…"

At the same time, Diaz notes, Facebook has done a great deal to maintain privacy with the new serv ice.


  1. The who’s not home worry is bogus. Fifty years ago, people knew you weren’t home most weekdays because they knew you had a job. Just one more reason life was better with stay at home moms: to discourage thieves

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