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  1. Sunshine Mugrabi
    May 19, 2010

    Nice post, Jay. I agree that it’s a bit dangerous to let the whole world know where you are at any given moment–particularly if you really have left your house empty.

    That said, I do think that in general, people are having a panic response right now about social networking. This is due to the fact that we’re hitting a trough in what Gartner so accurately described as the “hype cycle.” As I mentioned on my blog — http://sunshinemug.blogspot.com/2010/05/why-im-not-leaving-facebook.html — this is the hidden reason for the uproar. Only after the fear kicks in do people start casting around for villains like Mark Zuckerberg to pin their feelings on.

    Really like the new blog–keep on writing!

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    • admin
      May 19, 2010

      Sunshine, thank you for your comment. I agree with your thoughts and blog post; the security issue is a sensitive issue and people do appear to be overreacting. However, my concern with location-based information is not related to the “trough of dis-illusionment,” and I would be concerned regardless of the larger social media issues.

      Also, thank you for the kind words on my blog. I will keep on writing!

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  2. EtherealMind
    May 20, 2010

    I remain convinced that anyone who thinks broadcasting their whereabouts and happenings on an indiscriminate basis is a arrogant fool. Who cares about you and your petty happenings ? Who cares what you bought where ? And what value does this bring to world of where everyone can easily produce valueless, trivial content ?

    The world would be a better place if you spent the same amount of time either meditating, or carefully writing about one topic that you are passionate about. Don’t waste your opportunity to do something useful, creative, dream filled and passionate with the Internet!!

    Don’t be trivial, be wonderful.

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  3. Sunshine Mugrabi
    May 20, 2010

    Greg–your passion is admirable. But really, what you’re saying could apply to any kind of social networking. Why bother with Twitter or Facebook? That also involves broadcasting one’s petty happenings. Life is made up of such simple, unadorned moments, as anyone who meditates can tell you. Of course, all of this is optional. You don’t have to get involved if you don’t want to, but your life might be in some way enhanced if you do. It could even be made more wonderful using these platforms.

    One of my favorite usages of Foursquare is to find out who else is at a given location or event. Now, Foursquare doesn’t have enough uptake for this feature to be usable all the time, but at larger events here in the Bay Area this can happen, and it’s exciting and fun. Another way I use Foursquare is to find tips and specials. This is especially nice when I’m traveling.

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