I went on a fishing trip to the Outerbanks, NC with our 'Chief' this past weekend. He had no issues checking into and mayor-ing bridges and all sorts..HOWEVER I was hesitant on even giving out my whereabouts. Wonder why that was...I'd have to blame it on Nicole's vblog.
HARDLY! I highly doubt that..(thanks for the compliment..that's what I'll take that as..)
Well, I have another one for you. CLD or OCLD. (Obsessive) Compulsive Like Disorder. Just happened in IE Chat Radio..I was wanting to 'like' users' posts/comments..and ran my mouse over it near involuntarily trying to click 'LIKE' somewhere..in response rather than typing a response..or do both.
touching on "You might put me out of a job."
I really do not know how you do it, and I follow you pretty closely (not re: geo-location :). Life of a jouralist really does not seem to have gotten any easier over the years..perhaps that is where the laryngitis(sp?) stems from..
but also, I'm starting to wonder if you have an assistant. Not too far fetched..just didn't come to mind before.
My daughter (criminology major) and I attended a computer forensics seminar. The chief of computer forensics for the NY State Police was giving a demonstration on how they can reap data from digital images.
He had a picture he took with his IPhone. The metafile for the picture included GPS information and the serial # of the IPhone. He said criminals sometimes forget to "scrub" their pictures.
Post any picture you want but reset the metafile first.
I just got a new camera that has a GPS which actually embeds the GPS location on your picture -- a quick posting of the picture to say facebook and all of your friends (and whoever else) knows exactly where you are. That one oozes of be careful.
Re: "These are not scare tactics but education on possibilities of abuse if you choose to do certain things. Sharing your real-time current location with the world has the potential of being abused in all kinds of ways."
Exactly, JC Cameron. None of this is to say that having your home burglarized is an inevitable consequence of location-sharing. Rather, it's a warning that it can very well invite risk, and people should take a second to think whether it's really worth exposing their location.
Years ago I remember the police accidentally breaking a weird case open. They would have cars reported broken into at wedding receptions, wakes, and other functions but nothing was taken. On one occasion a patrolman answered the call for a couples car being broken into and then later for their house being broken into. They finally put two plus two together, the crooks were harvesting addresses from the cars from the registrations, going to the houses to break in as they knew the owners would be away for a while.
This is one of the reasons that newspapers quit listing addresses of the deceased in the obits.
Now we have a new narcisitic tool and people are getting burnt by it. Must be time to cull the herd.
Nicole, as I've said before, I agree - do not post your current location as it can lead to significant abuse. The ability to watch the live updates of people's locations and use that information for bad purposes is indeed true and is indeed happening.
It's happened to a friend of mine and a group here in NH has recently been caught doing this very thing:
Almost all B&E thieves prefer empty houses and it takes significant effort to confirm that for any house on a particular moment. If you have instant access to the list of houses that are marked as empty at a given moment because their owners say they are on vacation, gone for the day, etc, it makes it much easier and more effecient to rob.
These are not scare tactics but education on possibilities of abuse if you choose to do certain things. Sharing your real-time current location with the world has the potential of being abused in all kinds of ways.
Both Nicole's nicely presented video and this response are accurate in their own way, I think. The thing is, most of us have at some point left a note taped to our door, "Be Right Back. Leave package next door" or perhaps even "Back soon. Just go on in." We had to learn not to make those announcements of our absence from home; we will have to learn the same lessons about announcing our wherabouts via twitter or facebook. The fact that the geolocation might happen 'invisibly' is definitely a problem, though.
Marissa Mayer at Yahoo has come out with her strategy on turning the company around: culture, company, calibration, and compensation. But Yahoo needs to have a technical approach to the mobile cloud opportunity, not a management theory lesson.
Twitter's changes are clearly aimed at being more Facebook-like, and this is because both companies are vying to serve the mobile social network market. But can that market work for anybody, given how difficult it is to push ads to social-update readers?
The Internet has changed the way that companies market products. Now "Likes" and thumbs up carry a lot of weight. So perhaps it's not surprising that a black market technique has emerged whereby some Websites offer to boost ratings in exchange for cash.
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