Funny seeing you here!

If Facebook’s “What’s on your mind?” and Twitter’s “What are you doing?” just aren’t doing it for your social broadcasting needs, then you might be happy to hear there’s a new way to let everyone be a voyeur of your life: TigerFinder!

Ever found yourself wishing you could let everyone know where you are every frickin’ second of the day? Now you can!

It’s simple: TigerFinder is a program you install on your computer to broadcast your position on campus to TigerFinder’s website. Other users can then see their friends’¬† locations (complete with latitude and longitude for the geographically inclined) on a map of campus.

In testing the service, we found that, yes, you can tell what part of Frist someone is in and, yes, it updates every two minutes just in case your target moves.

TigerFinder isn’t particularly groundbreaking, seeing how mobile social networking has even been scheduled to hit the iPhone soon. But its increasing popularity doesn’t detract from its… creepiness.

Anxiety about mobile social networking after the jump.

While there are at least some protections of privacy on TigerFinder, allowing only accepted friends to view one’s location, we don’t recommend you go adding everyone, and their mother, and your RCA from last year, and, oh, that sketchy grad student you met at the Wa the other night.

That being said, there are reasons this could be helpful, you know, to see where all your lab partners are for a study session later or while you happen to be playing a game of hide-and-go-seek-with-your-laptops.

There are also reasons this could be really sketchy and misused, you know, to stalk that totally omg soo hot guy from precept. (A conjecture: from here on out, there will be a tremendous increase in those “Oh… hey! Funny seeing you here!” moments.)

But that, friends, is why everyone will use it. It’s why people gobble up Twitter updates, why people ferociously Facebook stalk. Princeton students are no different – we’re just some curious sons o’ bitches.

Granted, this is all only relevant if Princeton students actually start using TigerFinder, which could very well not happen. Given the lukewarm use of the Princeton Facebook (also known as the last resort for Princeton stalking should someone’s Facebook profile be private), the site probably won’t blow up any time soon, especially if a professional version of the project comes around.

Nevertheless, one early adopter of the project called it “creepy… It’s just so intrusive.”

When asked if he would use it anyway, he replied in a word: “Absolutely.”

Privacy? So passé.

    By Will Saborio on May 6th 2009, 10:38pm
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