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Celebrity Tracking Site Cut Off by Twitter Over Privacy Concerns

Oct 15, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Celebrity tracking site JustSpotted, which will debut next week, has had its Twitter license terminated amid concerns that the new service will be too invasive, reports the Los Angeles Times.

JustSpotted plans to use Twitter feeds, as well as Facebook updates, Foursquare posts and blog postings to track celebrities in real-time, the story says. While the Website will pinpoint stars’ positions on maps, it won’t provide the actual addresses. But privacy advocates say it’s a new intrusion that adds worry to people’s lives.

Twitter on Thursday said it was severing its relationship with JustSpotted’s parent company, after learning about the celebrity-focused site, the story adds. It also points out that JustSpotted could hurt Twitter’s relationship with stars such as Ashton Kutcher, the star of television’s comedy "That ’70s Show," who have taken to the service as a way to reach out to their fans.

Originally Scoopler said it would use a direct connection to public Tweets to power a search engine. Still, despite Twitter’s decision, JustSpotted will be able to collect celebrity tweets — albeit in a slower process called scraping, the article notes.

3 Comments

  1. lol, astroturfing at it’s finest.
    you reporters lap up everything you are told dont you.
    they didn’t need firehose access anymore, there is no “banning” occuring, Just Spotted are just using this for PR fodder.
    bah bah.

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