I’m a wee bit nervous about location sharing. I like the idea that I can see what other people have recommended in my local area (although it turns out that’s not a lot) and I love the idea of being able to tell my friends where I am so that they can meet up with me if they like.
I’m not so keen on broadcasting my current location to the entire world via, say, Google Buzz or by linking my Twitter account to FourSquare. My main concern has always been that if everyone knows where I am, anyone can just turn up. I’m not so pretentious to think that I might have a social media stalker, but it just seems like common sense not to shout about your current location all the time.
The guys at Please Rob Me want to highlight the potential pitfalls of publicly declaring your location and the biggest, they say, is that when you tell everyone you’re out they know you’re not home! I’m not sure how easy it would be to get hold of a person’s home address if they hadn’t put it online, but it’s good to be reminded that it might not be the best idea to tell the world and their auntie when you’re out.
This is a side of location sharing that hadn’t really occurred to me. As I say, I’d thought of it from the point of view of being followed or stalked but not from the point of view of being robbed.
Is it likely to happen? I’m not sure, although I certainly remember my great-aunt’s house being burgled after her death. Someone had checked the time of her funeral in the paper to make sure nobody would be at the house, so it’s not impossible to see social media being used the same way.
What do you think about this? Do you think it’s likely? Is it going to stop you sharing your location? Or do you have any tips for doing so safely? Let us know in the comments.