Site asks social networkers to rethink revelations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

February 25, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A new Web site is up and running to remind people that letting everyone know their whereabouts could leave them vulnerable to those with less-than-friendly intentions.

The site, called Please Rob Me, shows posts that appear on Twitter from a location-sharing service, Foursquare. Such services let people use their cell phones to alert friends to where they are.

Please Rob Me puts these posts into a long, chronological list it refers to as "Recent Empty Homes."

Although, some people choose to show their whereabouts only to approved buddies, plenty push very specific updates through public Twitter profiles that anyone can see.

The creators of Please Rob Me, based in the Netherlands, say people are sharing too much online without even realizing it.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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