Location based services use technology to find the locations of mobile phones, people and services such as ATMs. Sometimes they’re used for marketing and product tracking and sometimes for coordinating aid activity in a disaster zone.
In a social networking context, users can “check in” at the locations they visit and see who else is nearby. It’s fun, you can often earn virtual points for “checking in” and the services are often integrated with other social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
- Letting people know you are not at home, poses a security risk
- Checking to public places may give people an impression of your personal and social patterns
- People you don’t know or expect may follow your movements
Last updated: 22 October 2014