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Facebook To Add Location-Based Features

Location Sharing on Facebook: Way to Go or Going Too Far?

Foursquare, Yelp, Gowalla, Loopt . . . now Facebook will include users' locations in status updates and other posted content. According to the New York Times article, Facebook will announce the new technology at its annual developer conference in April. Apparently a team at Facebook has been working on the project for over a year, but it's been holding off on releasing any part of it until it's completely ready for widespread use. Since no real project details are available, any information is pure speculation. But could Facebook introduce something that's different from the location-based services already available? My guess is no — but we'll have to wait and see what it has up its sleeve.

In the meantime, do you think Facebook needs this functionality? Critics of location sharing are already starting to caution against potential dangers — will this make it worse?

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mintz mintz 7 years
i hate facebook!!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
this is oversharing, in my opinion as well the people who will totally advocate it are the globetrotters who want people to know they now live in Australia or they're on vacation in Greece or at their summer house in Florida or don't have to work because their husband is so rich so they are randomly shopping in Chicago normal people don't want this...yes, i travel, but no i don't need to be updating my status to inform people of my location while i'm travelling...and otherwise, it will just say my hometown, the town where i work, the location of my cottage, my in-laws hometown etc. etc. ... like who cares
amandaaa amandaaa 7 years
wayy too much. definitely oversharing. could be dangerous. people can see if you're not home...as mentioned in the post.
franciepants franciepants 7 years
It's not like Facebook is the only social media network to provide this information to it's users, but I think the key thing is that the users have the option to opt in or opt out. Everyone uses Facebook for their own reasons and since the term "friend" on social media sites can be a loose translation, Facebook should allow it's users to ultimately decide who see's what information. I think this has always been the forefront of privacy concerns through these social media internet sites.
icristina icristina 7 years
that's way too much info.. unless you have the option of putting where. i like how it says it on a phone when you take a photo
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 7 years
lol @ Sasseefrass :P I'm not really for or against it, I can see how it could be potentially dangerous but unless it says EXACTLY where you are its not too bad.
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 7 years
Interesting. It doesn't bother me as long as it's not capable of saying, "status posted from the upstairs bathroom." :P Seriously though, I hope those who don't want it will have the option to turn off the feature in their privacy settings.
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