Something else to worry about – Facebook Places

By | August 19th, 2010|Categories: Social Networks|Tags: |

Last night I stayed up to watch the Facebook Event in Paulo Alto, CA, to find out about the new Places product.  Places is a new geo-location or check-in utility that enable users on mobile phones to notify friends of their current location that is initially going to be available in the US but soon to come to the UK. Its all very exciting as I love a new product especially if its free, and for grown ups setting up meetings and such like it could prove useful. However as usual I'm worried about our kids, safety and privacy. Facebook say its okay as Places will be set to "friends only" by default which is okay for people who know how to use Facebook privacy correctly but many of our kids don't. They add people as friends that they don't know, its a numbers game - some of them having hundreds maybe thousands of "friends".  Of course all of these friends look like kids on their profiles but if they are unknown to the user they obviously could be anyone, [...]