You can run, but you can’t hide..

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Privacy is dead, but how many of us actually realize it? For kids of the millennial generation it is normal to want to know and share as much as possible, even with strangers. Do they even know that at one point in time it wasn’t normal to “like” that Susie ate a ham sandwich for lunch? In fact, it wasn’t normal to even care about her ham consumption for that matter. So, of course it is now completely acceptable to want to know a person’s exact location at all times and the Sonar app makes it possible. Stalking is cool now, didn’t you know? The band, Blondie, had it right: “One way, or another, I’m gonna find ya, I’m gonna meetcha meetcha meetcha”.

Isn’t Sonar for finding things under water?

It is, but now with the Sonar app, you can find friends, strangers, literally anyone who is close by on social media. The app locates nearby users based on their check-ins or geo-tagged posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare. Unlike other apps, it ranks who shows up by first listing those who are your friends on social media, followed by strangers in order of how many mutual friends you have on social media. The app also pulls data from each person’s social media page for you to see.

This sounds slightly dangerous…

Is anyone else concerned by the growing ability to find anyone, anywhere, at any time? Especially if you have teenagers that aren’t aware of the possible dangers and just think it’s cool to let the world know where they are at all times of the day. People need to be educated on what is safe to share on social media sites. After all, there are psychos out there that are loving this new trend of sharing every detail of your life with strangers…

 

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3 thoughts on “You can run, but you can’t hide..

  1. kay301

    How do you think this trend will impact social media for future generations and our own future use? Given we are entering a field where data on consumers is gold will your opinion change? From my perspective it is scary to think how easily locatable we have become and that people don’t necessarily see it as stalking any more but just as another way of connecting.

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  2. Kristen

    This is interesting…and also very creepy!! A lot of my friends have the Find My Friend app, which you have to send a request to your friends and they have to accept it, but this is a whole new level of stalking! You are definitely right about the younger generations being more open about the details of their lives, but there are creeps out there and you if you aren’t cautious, they may end up watching you eat your ham sandwich!

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  3. lidabilokur

    Amber alert!

    Kay posed a great question; “how will this trend impact social media for future generations…”

    At the rate we are technologically advancing, I could imagine the next social media/digital move to be some kind of augmented reality.. you walk into a bar and a faint laser beam is generated based on your connections within the space; 1st points, mutual friends, and so on. If we think this stage is creepy…. it’s probably just beginning, yikes!

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