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Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:13 pm
by Dayna
http://tiny.cc/MbwA7


They want to let everyone know where we are, when we post.
That sounds dangerous.

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:32 am
by jackdaw version
They're not going to let anyone know where I am 'cos I won't use Facebook. But if you want to know, I'll tell you — if I haven't told you 'til you're bored to death already!

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:52 am
by Dayna
Maybe you don't have to worry about stalkers.

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:32 am
by jackdaw version
Are you worried about stalkers, Dayna? Frankly, I doubt that the Facebook thing will make the slightest bit of difference to anyone who may be stalking you. Firstly, note that it will only work while you're on a GPS-featured phone — so don't use that kind of phone. Secondly, personally, I'd have to suggest not using Facebook at all because I think it's a very suspect bit of business at best and this sort of thing doesn't improve my opinion of it, although obviously, if you don't reveal your location, you won't have to worry about that particular invasion of your privacy . Thirdly, anyone who's seriously stalking you probably already knows where you live and is parked outside your apartment waiting for you to make an appearance. Unless there's some complexity to your life that isn't apparent here, I really doubt you need worry. But, just in case, I'd give Facebook the boot.

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:15 pm
by Des
To be fair, Facebook is useful as a tool for keeping up with various organisations and campaigns that I'm signed up to - and keeping up with Dayna's latest news as well of course....

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:47 pm
by jackdaw version
Well, if she will post it all on Facebook, what can she expect?

I've been thinking recently that all those ancient fears about state spying on citizens etc. have become totally obsolete with the current mania for revealing everything about oneself online. Personally, having been around the cyber world for twenty odd (very odd) years, I wouldn't join Facebook without a very decent monthly retainer. And, I'd place a small bet that in five years time Facebook will be near forgotten. I certainly wouldn't buy stock without anything other than the shortest-term intentions of taking profit. People are going to get fed up with simply being the targets of advertising. I can smell it . . .

Organisations and campaigns should find more acceptable ways to communicate with their supporters.

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:57 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Jonathan I must say there's a lot that's positive about facebook. I've rediscovered some old friends through it and find it a great way of keeping in touch not only with organisations/campaigns as Des says but just with general gossip with people you don't see regularly. A comment on a status is a great way of just acknowledging and oiling and maintaining acquaintance - the equivalent of a quick chat in the office corridor or meeting someone on the street.

Ideally I'd like to live in an environment where my encounters were more with real people in live situations and while that still happens of course, living in a big city can be pretty anonymous. Facebook interaction to some extent does make up for that I find. Plus there's a lot of forumistas there now as well (Add me if you wish folks!).

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:11 am
by Dayna
That is the fun part of Facebook, really. Fortunately, I don't have GPS, so I hope that is safe.

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:05 am
by jackdaw version
Hugh Weldon wrote:Jonathan I must say there's a lot that's positive about facebook. . . .

Ideally I'd like to live in an environment where my encounters were more with real people in live situations and while that still happens of course, living in a big city can be pretty anonymous. . . .

Yeah, I know I'm being a kind of ridiculous and grumpy different-drummer type about it. There's just something about all this "social media" web 2.0 that doesn't sit easily with me. To some extent I just want to be left alone with my thoughts and not always be chatting about one thing or another. I spend enough time on the computer anyway. I don't want to be part of someone else's overblown business plan or ideas of dominating the world. Facebook, in particular, has made such a series of decisions that are questionable about privacy issues leading to its users becoming marketing targets that I'm fairly adamant about not joining up. I promised one old friend that I'd join if she posted the photo she has of an ape in Gibraltar sitting on her head, but so far she hasn't — so I'm not that pure about it. But, ultimately, SotWorld and a couple of other bulletin boards are about as much e-communicating as I can deal with. I need all that other time to contemplate my lovely navel.

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:02 pm
by Des
Jonathan - I also happen to have a pic of an ape in Gibraltar sitting on my head. Interested?

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:29 am
by Tom McPhillips
Des wrote:Jonathan - I also happen to have a pic of an ape in Gibraltar sitting on my head. Interested?


Trumped!!

(or is that Rumped??)

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:03 pm
by jackdaw version
Des, definitely interested in seeing the monkey's arse distinct from your head, even if in close proximity — but please post here. Facebook is just a butt too much for me.

PS I do know the difference between a monkey and an ape — and the Barbary Apes of Gibraltar are, in fact, monkeys!

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:56 pm
by Des
I was very touched, nay, honoured, that Garth added me yesterday. Bless 'im.

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:57 pm
by c hristian
I made the mistake of telling my wife that there is a report out that links FB to divorce rates. Now she refers to it whenever she sees me on the site.

The original goal I had for FB when I signed up a year and a half ago was to meet up with old friends I lost track of, and get their contact info so that we could take conversations outside of FB. That is still the goal. One of them, anyway. Yeah....still the goal, (note to self) still the goal...

It's like anything else online. It's addicting if you are into yourself and you want to see how/what everyone says to what you say, and then your response, etc..a never ending thing. Once you step outside of yourself, however, you realize there isn't all that much to say.

Re: Facebook sharing our location

PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:59 pm
by c hristian
btw, you can friend me! (yeah, you. and no one else but you, my fellow SOTW forum follower!)
;)