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(CNN)   Facebook adds mobile friend tracking feature, for the stalker on the go   (cnn.com) divider line 13
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860 clicks; posted to Geek » on 18 Apr 2014 at 2:13 PM (52 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-04-18 01:22:40 PM  
A lot of people don't realize that when they send a message through the Facebook mobile app, it tags their exact GPS coordinates on the message.  You have to dig around in the UI a little bit to find it, but it can be fun calling people out on where they are.
"I can't make it to the soccer game tonight.  Stuck at work."
"Oh, you work in a bar now?"
 
2014-04-18 02:43:54 PM  
so glad I quit that a year or so ago.

We really need a social protocol. Something that when you do an update, it updates to a space that you control, and you can link to others controlled space. I'm pretty sure you could do something with RSS.
 
2014-04-18 02:47:51 PM  

serial_crusher: A lot of people don't realize that when they send a message through the Facebook mobile app, it tags their exact GPS coordinates on the message.


Does that actually happen even if the GPS is disabled on the phone?
 
2014-04-18 02:51:13 PM  

Rhypskallion: serial_crusher: A lot of people don't realize that when they send a message through the Facebook mobile app, it tags their exact GPS coordinates on the message.

Does that actually happen even if the GPS is disabled on the phone?


Shouldn't.  The app requests GPS info from the phone.  So if the phone doesn't know, or if the user has denied the app GPS access, it would have no way of knowing.
 
2014-04-18 03:14:08 PM  

SquiggsIN: Still don't have Facebook.
Still not missing out.

How does anyone think it's a good idea to put your entire life online?


If you have family and friends distributed around the united states it is actually pretty easy to share information with them.

better than Flickr (or some other photo gallery sharing thing) because there is less effort to just post and note.

it comes with its downside -- if you stand out in a public park -- someone you wish to avoid will eventually show up and want to chat for hours -- but if you plan well and know how to feign death you can manage that pretty reasonably.

so, yeah -- photos and thoughts with people you like -- what's bad about that?

this whole "zomg!!!11 world end because of location based information" -- well... people have to manage their information -- that is a good thing -- we, as a society, have to learn how to deal with more information than we have had in the past (just because a kid posts a picture of himself with a beer in his hand doesn't mean he shouldn't be accepted to college or given a job)
either people will get used to this new information -- and i hope they will and it will be used as a benefit -- or it ill be disabled at such a scale that it will become useless.
 
2014-04-18 03:32:24 PM  

serial_crusher: A lot of people don't realize that when they send a message through the Facebook mobile app, it tags their exact GPS coordinates on the message.  You have to dig around in the UI a little bit to find it,


How do you do this?
 
2014-04-18 03:33:42 PM  
I got rid of the app when it decided to snoop around in my SD card. Thumbnails of three recent photos popped up in the facebook app and it said "hey why not post these on facebook?" Nope, sorry Zuck. Why not make a faster app and let me decide what I see in my feed? Ya only got billions sitting around.
 
2014-04-18 04:12:57 PM  
I recently deleted my facebook. (Bought A WiiFit Board, does that count as hitting the gym?)

After waiting a month for the account to fully be deleted on their end, I restarted the account. I slowly and carefully added friends and family back, and now have a nice curated list of friends. The lack of 'friend clutter' from college and high school made facebook quite enjoyable again. Oddly enough my Google+ account is the one filled with reshare spam and junk.
 
2014-04-18 04:22:37 PM  

Ambitwistor: serial_crusher: A lot of people don't realize that when they send a message through the Facebook mobile app, it tags their exact GPS coordinates on the message.  You have to dig around in the UI a little bit to find it,

How do you do this?


Lemme see...
In the standalone Messenger app on iOS, you just tap on the message and a little map window will expand below it, if available.  Tap on that and it'll prompt you to pull it up in a full maps viewer.

From the web version, middle click the messages icon to bring the messages up in a new tab instead of that little box that pops up in the bottom right corner.  To the right of each message there's a little GPS icon dealy that you can click on and it'll pop up the location.
 
2014-04-18 06:04:14 PM  
So do we want to talk about how cool we are by not having Facebook? Or do we want to post pictures of crazy girl friends that really want this?

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2014-04-18 07:45:53 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: So do we want to talk about how cool we are by not having Facebook? Or do we want to post pictures of crazy girl friends that really want this?

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You smile at me like that and then insult me by wearing your ring on the wrong finger?
Do you think I don`t take this relationship seriously?
Where`s MY drink?
You think I`m some sort of joke?
When we get home you1l see what sort of joke I am.

Get on your knees and put on the helmet
 
2014-04-18 10:26:20 PM  

serial_crusher: Ambitwistor: serial_crusher: A lot of people don't realize that when they send a message through the Facebook mobile app, it tags their exact GPS coordinates on the message.  You have to dig around in the UI a little bit to find it,

How do you do this?

Lemme see...
In the standalone Messenger app on iOS, you just tap on the message and a little map window will expand below it, if available.  Tap on that and it'll prompt you to pull it up in a full maps viewer.

From the web version, middle click the messages icon to bring the messages up in a new tab instead of that little box that pops up in the bottom right corner.  To the right of each message there's a little GPS icon dealy that you can click on and it'll pop up the location.


And on android if you press and hold on the message it'll bring up the options, click "Details" and there'll be a map.

I mostly just use the feature to weird out my friends. Or, occasionally, to see how soon my husband will be home when he's being a smartass. It used to annoy him because he had no idea how I knew where he was.
 
2014-04-18 11:26:10 PM  
Sometimes I have the urge to grease up my butthole and bend over and install Facebook in my phone all night long.....
 
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