Im a big fan of geolocation and the web. In fact its a big part of my PhD research. I am looking forward to the integration of geolocation with facebook and the forthcoming apps that will result from this new meta data being available… From a researchers POV anyway.

But the cynical person in me thinks this changes things a bit. Now, my ‘friends’ on facebook know where i am in real time, where as before they knew about it the day later when i got home and had time to write about it on the internet.

From the facebook blog: “Starting today, you can immediately tell people about that favorite spot with Facebook Places. You can share where you are and the friends you’re with in real time from your mobile device.”

Its the ‘real time’ and ‘friends’ bit that is significant here. Facebook forgets that ‘facebook friends’ are not always ‘friends’. Do you regret adding any ‘friends’ to facebook now that they could know where you are in real time? Maybe you wont use the geolocation because of 1 of the 200 friends?

Its only a matter of time until someone will tell a ‘friend’ they are 10 miles away in a cinema for the next 3 hours and that ‘friend’ who knows where they live, and now knows the house is unattended, and also knows about all the fantastic new shiny things that are in the house thanks to some status updates, pays the house a ‘visit’.

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