Location Based Programs (read: voluntary stalking)

http://www.liveside.net/2011/09/22/facebooks-timeline-maps-powered-by-bing-maps/

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/288520/facebook-timeline-and-5-other-ways-to-visualize-your-life-on

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a hard time talking about location based programs, simply because I don’t use them. I tried to use Foursquare three years ago, but it was a waste of time to me.

“Ya! I’m the fake mayor of Starbucks!”

I would much rather invest my time in a REAL small business venture that would make me money than a fake one that is simply free advertising for a company.

As for Facebook… Why would I want to tell the world I’m at a pool party at Joe’s house in Logan, Utah? One of my FB friends creates constant posts that say “out of otter pops…in Logan, Utah”. If you were close enough to me to tell me you were out of otter pops, then I would probably know this already.

Timeline is set to be released to the public in a week or so, and it’s new mapping feature makes stalking even easier. You can map out everywhere from where you were born to where you die, and it saves it on a Bing map for everybody to see (BTW…Bing=WORST search engine ever.)

No, I don’t want you to know when I’m at my Grandmother’s house eating chicken. Thanks for the gesture though.

The first article is fairly self explanatory. I am fairly curious to know why FB chose to pair with Bing over Google maps (Google, good. Bing, bad…and slow). I’m also curious to see the relationship evolve. Facebook has basically gotten to the point where people have the ability to post exactly where they are in a given moment. To be honest, I can’t imagine how much further they can go than pin pointing us on a map. We’ll have to see what comes of it. Will there be a point when the general public decides it’s simply too much?

The PCmag blog post points to Facebook as being a digital scrapbook of sorts. These companies are literally piling up information about our lives and selling it to advertisers.

I know, I know. Sounds disheartening, dishonest and slightly disloyal right?

I don’t think so. In the monetary sense of the word, we’re not paying to use these service. They have to make profit somehow, don’t they? They are just like any other business. Sure, the goal of Facebook and Twitter is to “connect people”, but money is right up there too.

It’s a small price to pay for keeping connections with 500 people. At least for me.

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6 thoughts on “Location Based Programs (read: voluntary stalking)

  1. nice post. I definitely see where you’re coming from with the annoyance and dislike of location based services, but you have to admit they are pretty genius for the millions of people who love and utilize them, and the coupon and deals services you can get through foursquare is a cool idea!

  2. Big Brother is Watching! And we’re volunteering for it!!! You have a great writing style. I like how you write so up front and in-your-face, leaving no question about the point you are making. It’s refreshing. Great post.

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