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Windows 7: Facebook launches "Places," geo-location service that's both cool and

19 Aug 2010   #11
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Capt.Jack Sparrow View Post
Facebook launches "Places," geo-location service that's both cool and creepy

Quote:
It was perhaps the worst kept secret since, well, Apple’s iPhone 4. Facebook today is announcing a new feature, called Places, that allows users to share their locations with friends - and allows their friends to be updated in real-time.
The goal, of course, is to take the virtual relationships that we’ve recreated with old friends on Facebook and bring them into the physical world, too. And, if you really start to look beyond that, you can imagine the interaction you might have with local businesses who will know that you’re in the area - and might want to entice you into their businesses with a coupon or some other promotion.
More: Facebook launches "Places," geo-location service that's both cool and creepy | ZDNet
I don't like the sound of that at all. It is for that very reason that I don't ever intend to join that type of site. People were already revealing their whereabouts to others thanks to social engineering techniques, this now automates the process in real time.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Major issue with this is with Facebook's wonderful security record, it will probably turn into a service for burglars - if they know you're at the pub with the wife - they know there's no-one home
Extremely well stated, Nigel.
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19 Aug 2010   #12
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I think it's insane, but I still would continue to use Facebook as long as it remains an "extra", and this Places does not become a mandatory part of Facebook.
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19 Aug 2010   #13
Kirsch

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I think the whole argument over privacy concerns is ridiculous.

It really is this simple:

If you don't want someone you don't know to know where you are.. don't use it.

ALSO, if you aren't going to use it, don't freakin complain about the service lol. Noone is forcing ANYONE to use this, just like noone is forcing ANYONE to post personal info online.

"Someone got my phone number off of facebook and I didn't want them to!"

Well, genius, A. Don't put it on facebook or B. Make that info available to certain people (which facebook makes it super easy to do).

/end rant
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19 Aug 2010   #14
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kirsch View Post
I think the whole argument over privacy concerns is ridiculous.

It really is this simple:

If you don't want someone you don't know to know where you are.. don't use it.

ALSO, if you aren't going to use it, don't freakin complain about the service lol. Noone is forcing ANYONE to use this, just like noone is forcing ANYONE to post personal info online.

"Someone got my phone number off of facebook and I didn't want them to!"

Well, genius, A. Don't put it on facebook or B. Make that info available to certain people (which facebook makes it super easy to do).

/end rant
Very well put.
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19 Aug 2010   #15
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kirsch View Post
I think the whole argument over privacy concerns is ridiculous.

It really is this simple:

If you don't want someone you don't know to know where you are.. don't use it.

ALSO, if you aren't going to use it, don't freakin complain about the service lol. Noone is forcing ANYONE to use this, just like noone is forcing ANYONE to post personal info online.

"Someone got my phone number off of facebook and I didn't want them to!"

Well, genius, A. Don't put it on facebook or B. Make that info available to certain people (which facebook makes it super easy to do).

/end rant
I agree with not putting up any information that you don't intend to use, but given Facebook's history of enabling any new features by default I'm not sure how many users would even know about the feature and even if they know about the feature, how many would know that it is enabled by default.
(phew, that was a long sentence)
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19 Aug 2010   #16
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Major issue with this is with Facebook's wonderful security record, it will probably turn into a service for burglars - if they know you're at the pub with the wife - they know there's no-one home
True !
Here few examples :
Facebook will never get privacy right | ZDNet
Facebook does not erase user-deleted content | ZDNet
Facebook breach: user phone numbers exposed but who's to blame? | ZDNet
zestyping: The new Facebook API exposes the events that some users attend to anyone on the Internet.
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19 Aug 2010   #17
blackroseMD1

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64
 
 

Meh...I don't like that it is turned on by default. That's just ridiculous, and something that they should have known that people wouldn't like.

That said, I use Foursquare, but the friends I have on there are actual friends, not members of a friends mafia or farm or whatever.
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19 Aug 2010   #18
Everlong

 

Well it's just for the iPhone Facebook app at the moment. I for one am definitely not using it when the Android Facebook app gets the update.
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