I toyed with the idea of setting up a bogus profile as a 22-year-old named Tiffani-with-an-“i” myself, but figured that I’d run afoul of the Department of Natural Resources for hunting over bait.
[I have mixed feelings about Foursquare and for the most part still haven’t figured out the purpose. I will say it was nice when Ry and Joe came over for testing since it let me know Ry had arrived in town. Just the same that’s a bit creepy.
I have disabled geo-tagging on the pictures on my phone and have otherwise disabled the location tracking in any application I do use. I don’t let Facebook or Twitter tell people where I am when I push a status update. It is amazing though the amount of information people will push out into public and then act surprised when then figure out bad people can do bad things with it.
Ars Technica wrote up two articles which I highly recommend reading. The first was hardening your Android smart phone from stalkers. The second was the same but geared towards you folks with your iPhones.
I have had many conversations with an individual directly tied to the Windows Phone 7 location system. Bad people doing bad things was of serious concern during development. However standing out in the open while willingly telling your phone, “Yes, tell everyone on the internet exactly where I am right now” kind of defeats their work.
Be safe out there and remember the following: Anything that goes on the internet is ultimately public, especially those things tied to social media.
All that said, I have at times thought the same thing as Tam. Hell when there was a supposed serial rapist on campus I was coming up with ingenious ways to go hunting while not getting caught. I think that was probably a trait inherited from my father, I distinctly remember hearing about him wanting to drive around Tacoma during a rash of car jackings. Maybe if law enforcement would actually catch criminals people wouldn’t think about catching the predators on their own.
Then again, with the attitude that everyone is responsible for crime prevention that could be encouraged. It is merely the job of professional law enforcement to solve crimes after they have happened. Ultimately I don’t have a problem with hunting two legged varmints over bait and find it perfectly fair and ethical. They can remain unharmed quite simply by not trying to victimize someone. -B]