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Please Rob Me: Shows Dangers of Location Sharing !


Location sharing is rising as a trend in the social media space. It is very common to find your twitter feed populated by inane updates by your contacts telling you where they are. There are websites dedicated to register these check-ins like Foursquare which is a web and mobile application that allows registered users to connect with friends and update their location, thus earning them points.

This may seem innocuous on the outset, but a new website is trying to inform people about the dangers that can be associated with location sharing. With a name like PleaseRobMe. com, this website is a funny way of looking at location sharing. PleaseRobMe is website which aggregates a stream of updates from various location based networks which shows users who have checked in to some place other than their home. The idea is that if the user is in that location, his house is lying free to be robbed.

The website states its objective as follows: 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.

Although there is a remote possibility of robbers in India being as tech savvy, but there have been cases in the US where burglary attempts have been made after referring to location sharing sites.

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