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In fact, Girls Around Me wasn’t even the real problem.“It’s not, really, that we’re all horrified by what this app them be without their knowledge.” But I didn’t have an easy answer ready for my friend’s last question. Part of it was because, like many tech professionals, I had taken for granted that people understood that their Facebook profiles and Foursquare data were publicly visible unless they explicitly said otherwise…
Sure, on the surface, it looks like a hook-up app like Grindr for potential stalkers and date rapists, but all that Girls Around Me is really doing is using public APIs from Google Maps, Facebook and Foursquare and mashing them all up together, so you could see who had checked-in at locations in your area, and learn more about them. ) shown in Girls Around Me all had the power to opt out of this information being visible to strangers, but whether out of ignorance, apathy or laziness, they had all neglected to do so. Nothing Girls Around Me does violates any of Apple’s policies.It was at this point, though, that the tendrils of the girls’ unease — their deeply empathic sense of someone being other girls at the Independent tonight.” Often times, a writer uses tricks and exaggerations to convey to a reader the spirit — if not the precise truth — of what occurred.I just want to make clear that when I say that one of my friends was actually on the verge of tears, you understand that this is about this?But it does, at a glance, sum up what Girls Around Me is all about: a radar overlaid on top of a Google Map, out of which throbs numerous holographic women posing like pole dancers in a perpetual state of undress. If there’s more than one girl at a location, you see the number of girls there in a red bubble.Girls Around Me is a standard geolocation based maps app, similar to any other app that attempts to alert you to things of interest in your immediate vicinity: whether it be parties, clubs, deals, or what have you. Click on that, and you can see pictures of all the girls who are at that location at any given time. The settings determining how visible your Facebook and Foursquare data is are complicated, and tend to be meaningless to people who don’t really understand issues about privacy,” I explained.A big green button at the bottom reading “Photos & Messaging” just begged to be tapped, and when I did, I was whisked away to Zoe’s Facebook profile. Most of her information is visible, so I now know her full name.
I can see at a glance that she’s single, that she is 24, that she went to Stoneham High School and Bunker Hill Community College, that she likes to travel, that her favorite book is and her favorite musician is Tori Amos, and that she’s a liberal. I can see her birthday.” “All of that is visible on Facebook? “More, depending on how your privacy settings are configured! From her photo albums, I can see that she likes to party, and given the number of guys she takes photos with at bars and clubs at night, I can deduce that she’s frisky when she’s drunk, and her favorite drink is a frosty margarita. Also, since her photo album contains pictures she took at the beach, I now know what Zoe looks like in a bikini… All I need to do now is go down to the Independent, ask her if she remembers me from Stoneham High, ask her how her brother Mike is doing, buy her a frosty margarita, and start waxing eloquently about that beautiful summer I spent in Roma.” Throughout this demonstration, my group of friends had been split pretty evenly along gender lines in their reactions.
I still don’t believe that there’s anything wrong with what this app is doing, and the guys at i-Free are super nice, and certainly don’t mean for this app to be anything beyond a diversion.
So, the reason I’m writing about Girls Around Me is because I finally know what to say about it, and what it means in the greater picture.
I can think of no better way to get a person to realize that they should understand their Facebook privacy settings then pulling out this app. For more details and a statement from Foursquare, read here.
That’s why I hope you’ll go download Girls Around Me on your i Phone or i Pad. : Girls Around Me developer i-Free has released a full statement on the app, in which they say they’ve done nothing wrong and been made a scapegoat for privacy issues.
Girls Around Me isn’t an app you should use to pick up girls, or guys for that matter.