Social media has been appearing everywhere in our world–in classrooms, newscasts, television shows, among many other areas. Now, there is a new phenomenon popping up: geosocial networking. Not only can people “tweet” where they are, they can use their Smartphone to update their location using satellites. People have been using programs and sites such as Foursquare on the iPhone, Gowalla, Loopt, and Brightkite to alert friends about their whereabouts. Businesses are jumping on this by adding their businesses address, to both heighten popularity, and keep up with the craze. These programs are also proving to be helpful in seeing where their target audience is.
This video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFTOkUMFDpc shows the basic idea of geosocial networking.
Parents are also finding geosocial networking beneficial, although in a different way. In a social media blog “Social Media Today,” the author Sandy Miller says, “. . .you can see where they are checking in to follow where they are, when they arrived and even when they leave.”
Is social media going too far? While the new technology is great, and it’s a fun idea, is there any privacy anymore? — Larina Adler