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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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conanho conanho 10 years
Ewwwww...can you say creepy??
pink_orchid pink_orchid 10 years
um. there is no reason for me to know someones location like that. it is similar ot the new msn feature to be offline but still chat with ppl. it is lurker active and creepy. i agree with the other posters. there is no positive reason to have this data.
Katharine Katharine 10 years
I don't like the idea at all. It just seems so unsafe and unnecessary.
Meredith26 Meredith26 10 years
Hello this is perfect....if you are a stalker good at all
vmruby vmruby 10 years
I agree with both posters comments. Definitely not a good idea IMO....
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
Worst idea ever! A child predator's best friend
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Sometimes, you just need privacy. If you want to leave an away message saying where you are, that's fine, but this is just too much.
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