Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Another reason not to check-in your location

For those who haven't been keeping up with the latest news, there's an app out there called "Girls Around Me" that allows you do exactly what you think it does - find people who might be right around you.  Say you're out at a bar one night and curious about who may be there with you.  Well, this is the app for you.  Not only will it find people around you, it will possibly give you access to photos of those people.  No, it's not hacking their phones or doing some neat jedi mind thing.  The app is simply going out to social networking sites like Facebook and FourSquare to pull information about people who have checked-in close to where you are.  While the app has recently been blocked from that type of information by FourSquare and the developer has removed it from the App Store, there will undoubtedly be others following along the footsteps. So for those of you who like the idea of checking-in everywhere you go, don't be surprised if a total stranger comes up to you somewhere and seems to know just a little too much about you.  It's a good possibility it's because they have an app just like this.