Facebook’s New “Check-In” Service: An Illusion of Utopia?

Facebook Geo

When I first started reading about this new service on Wired, I was tricked into thinking that it simply lets you “check-in” at a place and send a notification to your friends who are nearby. Just then I thought: “Great, another privacy screw up, yet I am sure no one will care!

However, when I started reading further down, I began to think than things might be a little bit more complicated when it comes to this service!

Facebook VP, Chris Cox: “Stories are going to be pinned to a physical location so that in 20 years our children will go to Ocean Beach and their phone will tell them this is the place their parents had their first kiss, and here’s the picture they took afterwards, and here’s what their friends had to say.”

An Illusion of Utopia?

I am not a pessimist however, I wonder: Are the Facebook people living in a dream of utter utopia? I mean I understand what they are trying to do but didn’t they think of the other side of this argument? What if someone went somewhere and “checked-in” then had an accident? A huge fight with a partner? Was robbed or even raped? Would they want to carry this “memory” with them for years after? Would they really want their grandchildren to know about it?

4 App Ideas to Expect When Location-Tweets Hit Mainstream

Trending Places

Trending Places

When people of Iran were enraged earlier this year, post the Iranian elections, people around the world were hooked on Twitter in order to get real-time news updates as it happened. Iranian authorities figured out the threat of Twitter, and sought after local Iranian twitterers based on their profile locations and time zone settings in order to shut them down. People around the world wanted to help those protesters, and started changing their own profiles to make it seem as if they all live in Iran in order to make Iranian authorities mission harder.

That is something from the past, 3 months have passed, today, Twitter is working on adding geo-locations to tweets which will allow us to signal the exact location of where we are tweeting from by allowing apps to attach our latitude and longitude coordinates to tweets we specifically choose to carry such information. That will sure open a whole new dimension to real-time location information.

4 applications you can expect when location-tweets hit mainstream…

What does real-time location tweets mean? and how will it affect our lives? We know that it raises privacy concerns for many legitimate reasons, but we also know that it can be the next big thing which will open the door for many useful applications to take advantage of, and thus we, here at Thoughtpick, decided to voice out what kind of applications we see hitting our doors in the near future:

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