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Aloysius Low male Former Tech Writer

Tech writer, gadget nerd, cat owner and social media junkie, Aloysius loves exploring the wacky side of tech, while tackling his notebook reviews.

Facebook Places - More Oversharing Madness

I love Social Media. Fact is, while some people may regard it as a platform for complaints, rants or even mundane updates about life, it's still an interesting way to see what others are up to, breaking news and even insights on their lives and the strange situations they find themselves in.

Sometimes though, I get pretty damn irritated with it. Especially location check-in services that link back to Twitter. Not only does it get extremely spammy, it's a waste of space that could have been used better. Sure, it's a great way to share your great restaurant finds, but I really don't need to know just exactly when you're at the bus stop, toilet (for an especially long time) or when you're dancing naked in the rain. I do however make exceptions for the last bit, but do let me know in advance so I can decide if it's worth braving the weather.

With Facebook finally making its Places check-in available in Singapore, it would seem that I've yet another avenue to find out just where the heck everyone is currently at. That's not including Google's Latitude, which does it automatically. Now, if I were a career criminal, then all these location based checkins are what I would call a gift from the heavens.

Luckily for all of my friends on Facebook and Twitter, I'm a totally honest and trusthworthy person (so yeah, feel free to keep all your valuables with me). Really though, it's probably a good idea to stop using all these check-in services, or at least if you feel you must use them, set them to not make it publicly available to anyone and everyone.

It's really not a good idea to do so in the first place because it becomes spammy and annoying as hell, and secondly, it's simply not safe, especially when anyone can just click on your Twitter feed to see where and what you have been up to. Leave it inside Foursquare or Facebook, but do practice basic privacy settings.

Or just don't use it at all and stop annoying everyone else with your check-ins.

Seriously.

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Yes it's a scary thought to know that everyone is able to track your whereabouts anytime. It would be great for parents but not so good for people who hate the idea of having stalkers :)


yea i feel that the ultimate purpose of creating places, which is to know where your friends are, is not achieved but instead create a frenzy and more excess information that is not necessary.


I agree t0tally...


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