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Should AOL Allow People To See Your Location?


Gone are the days you can blow off anyone on your buddy list because you are "going out of town" because they just might be able to spy on your where-a-bouts. This weekend AOL unveiled it has launched a new plug-in that allows instant message users to see where people on their buddy lists are physically located. The plug-in will work by monitoring continuous wireless pulses emitted by all Wi-Fi transmitters and Wi-Fi-enabled computers, rather than more common satellite-based approach and will be available for free download, said the AP. The plug-in will be added to AIM's buddy list window called "Near Me" and will feature the names of any buddies who opt to share their locations and who are within a set distance from the AIM user. While I am pleased there is an opt-out option here I am still unsure if I think this is a necessary or responsible idea. How will we ever get out of anything if everyone knows where we are all the time?

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