iPhone will find your friends for you

by Penny C

iPhone "find my friends" app demo
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I read on wired.com that new iPhone comes with an app called “Find my friends” which will locate connected friends’ location.  This is not giving proximity, but will be giving exact location of your friend.  The article says that since people are never without their phones now a day, it’s easier to locate people through the phones now.  All you have to do is find the location of the phone.  The friend has to give permission for you to be able to track that friend.  Phones always have had the capability to announce the owners’ location, without owners’ expressed knowledge, but this new iPhone app makes it seamlessly to locate and chat with the friend so easy.  And for parents or Ahem! worried spouses, it’s a great way to keep track of the loved ones.  Parents can see anytime where their children are or where the spouse is.  So the new iPhone comes built in with a homing device.  You don’t even have to bother to ‘check in’ to places.  Now everyone in your contact list knows exactly where to find you.  YAY!  NOT!

I don’t understand this social networking craze.  I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t particularly want to be found wherever I go.  If I had want my friends to come along, I would have asked.  Yes the article does say that the user has to expressively give join the network for “Find my friends” to track, but the holy cow…it’s a tracking device.  Corporations are constantly finding new ways to make social networking easier but social networking is a sheep skin they hid behind.  These companies are making money off their customers when they sell the device at high price and then make some more when they sell the customer’s information to advertisers.  What do the customers get out of it?

Actually instead of having that technology on iPhone or any other phones, it would be nice to have something to help track missing children, people and/or pets.  Put a device on the children or pets where only a paired device will be able to track would help locate missing loved ones.

 

Work Cited

Abell, J. (2011, Oct. 28). Epicenter on the media: Stalking apps, friends, family and the creepy factor. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/10/cnn-stalking-apps/