What Happens When Social Networks Go Mobile?
from the Friendster-+-mobile-+-stalker-=-? dept
Over at TheFeature, Howard Rheingold is wondering what happens when social networks go mobile? That is, take today’s craze with social networking applications and put them on a mobile phone with some location-based software. As he points out, it makes sense at the purely instant messaging level: you may want to know that your friend just happens to be around the corner. However, he’s not sure it makes sense in the friend-of-a-friend sense. Do you really need to know that the other guy in the elevator is three degrees away from you through some guy you once worked with? Probably not. However, as soon as you add in this location-based presence info, it starts to raise additional questions about privacy. A well-designed application might limit these by letting you very clearly define who you’ll reveal info to, but these apps aren’t always that well designed.