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Many Facebook users have noticed the recent change where some posts are now displaying the location of the user who submitted the post.
The 'Find Friends Nearby' feature aimed to help Facebook users make new contacts. Facebook pulls 'Find Friends Nearby' feature The feature, called a "stalking app" by one site, let Facebook users see a list of people nearby Facebook users had to be logged in to the site to appear on the lists Internet users blasted the feature as an invasion of privacy (CNN) -- Following a period of freak-out on the Internet on Monday, Facebook appears to have pulled a controversial feature that let the social network's users get a digital list of other Facebookers nearby. The "Find Friends Nearby" feature was not accessible in a CNN test on Tuesday morning, and other media outlets, including CNET , reported that Facebook had pulled the service. In a statement e-mailed to CNN, a Facebook spokeswoman declined to elaborate.
A number of years ago , Daniel Howe and Helen Nissenbaum at New York University developed and released TrackMeNot , a lightweight Firefox browser extension that protects users against search data profiling by issuing randomized queries to popular search-engines with fake data. TrackMeNot obscures users’ actual search trails in a cloud of ‘ghost’ queries, significantly increasing the difficulty of aggregating such data into accurate or identifying user profiles. I like to refer to it as “polluting your data cloud.”
17 September 2010 Last updated at 05:44 ET The service allows users to see where friends are, near and far Facebook has launched its location-based Places service in the UK.
While checking into a Facebook Places location recently, one Mashable reader noticed a new tab: Photo Memories.
Facebook Places launched earlier this month amid great fanfare, but right now it’s looking like fear and confusion over privacy concerns could derail the takeoff of the service. I don’t know about you but I haven’t seen any of my friends checking into locations via Places. Instead I’m seeing a lot of status updates warning people about the danger of Places and how to turn it off.
A fireworks explosion led to the arrest of the first of three suspects who allegedly burglarized homes based on Facebook posts.
Facebook just confirmed the rumors that it’s launching a new location check-in feature . Company executives (including founder Mark Zuckerberg, who kicked off the event) said the product serves three main goals: To allow users to share their location with friends, to see where their friends are, and to discover new places.
3 November 2010 Last updated at 19:32 ET By Maggie Shiels Technology reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley More than 200 million people are now using Facebook across various mobile platforms
Last week, Facebook introduced its Places feature in the US, with more countries such as Ireland to follow.
Does Facebook Places have what it takes to rule the location-sharing space ? Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley doesn't think so.
A little over a month after Facebook made its long-awaited entrance into the location space with Places , experiments from advertisers and local businesses looking to market via check-ins are starting to emerge. In one of the more creative takes on Places, Nike recently gave “Destroyer Burritos,” or fake burritos stuffed with branded athletic jackets, to fans who checked into a Portland-based Korean taco truck. Other examples of Places marketing have been a bit more conventional, involving discounts for check-ins.
Faster than privacy by design, privacy invasive tools are designed. Recently in the news: After Eric Schmidt’s comments on privacy / change of name, the ‘ Finding your face anywhere on the internet ‘ software allows you to be identified. I had blogged previously about targeted advertising using cameras in public places to deliver specific advertisement adapted to the ‘face’ of the pedestrians.
I’ve been playing around with Google Latitude on and off since this morning.
Alexander Hotz is a freelance multimedia journalist and public radio junkie based in New York City. Currently he teaches digital media at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.