Foursquare and Twitter can
get you robbed
new website, pleaserobme.com, has pointed out that using the
mobile service foursquare.com does leave you very vulnerable
to criminals if you use it together with Twitter.
The idea of Foursquare is that you show your friends where you
are at any given moment and which places you have visited that
you recommend to them. This means that you also let know when
you are at home, giving your friends your home address. So far
this is a great service and there does not seem to be any
problem with it.
However, the site allows you, or better said pushes you to
connect to your Facebook and Twitter account, thus getting more
friends involved. With Facebook there will in general be no
problem, as most people do close there account for all people
other than their friends, thus showing the same information to
the same people. Connecting your Foursquare account to Twitter
though, sends all your Foursquare messages and where you are out
into the world, because Twitter accounts are open to everyone.
The website pleaserobme has just made a list of all people
announcing their whereabouts and home address this way. It is
clear that Foursquare is not pleased and have denounced the
In the end it is like I said before in this blog: you need to
use your common sense and be aware that everything you do online
gets out into the open one way or another. I would suggest you
go and enjoy Foursquare, but do not connect it to your Twitter
account and try to hide your home address. How to do that last
thing I still need to find out, but I will certainly create a
short description as soon as I have.
How do you feel about Foursquare? do you use it? what is your