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Do you “Check-In”? – Fun or Questionable Privacy? [Poll]

Popular location service "Foursquare" co-founder Dennis Crowley (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Between the Internet and smartphones, there are dozens of ways to tell our friends what we’re up to these days. Do you find “location based services” to be fun, or do you think it’s an invasion of privacy?

Personally, I’m on the fence. I use Foursquare, which was one of the first programs to let you “check-in” to places, but I only use it for public places. But I’ve seen a number of people who even “check-in” at their homes, basically letting everyone they’re friends with know where they live.

I actually stopped using the “check-in” option on Facebook because you see people running into those awkward situations where a local friend notices and says, “you’re in town? Why didn’t you tell me??”. But, at the same time, it’s also fun to “check-in” at, say, the Seaside Heights Boardwalk and have a friend message you and say, “hey! I’m here too, let’s meet up!”.

So, like I said, I’m on the fence.

Apple’s iPhone has a brilliant program called “Find My Phone“. It’s a great idea…if you ever lose your iPhone, you can see where it is on a map, remotely disable it, or even send a message to a potential finder (or thief). Again, it’s a great idea, but it has to be enabled in order to work, and once your phone is lost (or stolen), it’s too late to turn the function on. And there’s just part of me that’s a little uncomfortable with the idea of Apple potentially knowing where I am at all times (and possibly even selling that data to partners).

So what do you think, do you think it’s fun to let you friends know when you’re hanging out at Jenks, or would you rather keep where you are and what you’re doing private? Vote in the poll below and feel free to comment!


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