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Please Rob Me

February 18, 2010 is a website that monitors twitter updates and posts your tweets to its website if a tweet reveals you are not home.

I don’t think their intention is to rob your home when you’re gone but I think the creators want you to re-think about your online privacy and social networking habits.

The danger is publicly telling people where you are. This is because it leaves one place you’re definitely not… home. So here we are; on one end we’re leaving lights on when we’re going on a holiday, and on the other we’re telling everybody on the internet we’re not home. It gets even worse if you have “friends” who want to colonize your house. That means they have to enter your address, to tell everyone where they are. Your address.. on the internet.. Now you know what to do when people reach for their phone as soon as they enter your home. That’s right, slap them across the face.

The goal of this website is to raise some awareness on this issue and have people think about how they use services like Foursquare, Brightkite, Google Buzz etc. Because all this site is, is a dressed up Twitter search page. Everybody can get this information.

Seeing this site freaked me out a bit.  There’s no way I’m going to continue to tweet where I’m currently located.  I’ll likely only do this on Google’s Buzz and only to my trusted contacts.

Hell, since Buzz came on the scene, I’m looking for a reason to dump my tweeter feed.  The only thing keeping Twitter in my routine is staying in the loop with paddlers around the world and getting instant sports news.

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  1. February 18, 2010 4:53 pm

    no more yelp check ins?

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