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iPhone Is The New Booty Call

booty-callWell, not for me because the last thing I want is the ability to be leaving a laundromatwith a thought of ‘Hmmm what should I do now?’ followed by my iPhone app giving my proximity to some skeezer in the apartment building across the street.  However, I do know a few people who are on their way to the AT&T kiosk ’round the corner to one up.  As if I really needed another reason to think my phone is a germ metropolis – thanks MENSA guys!

TechCrunch.com:
The iPhone is a hotbed for location-based social networks, which tap into the phone’s geolocation features to help users find nearby friends and strangers that they might like to meet. We’ve seen a handful of dating applications that cater to the straight community, and today brings the launch of Grindr (iTunes Link), one of the first iPhone applications geared towards gay and bisexual men.

While privacy is an issue for all location based social networks, it is of the utmost importance on gay networks. Without proper security measures, bigots could easily download such applications and use them to pinpoint targets for hateful slurs and potentially even violence. Grindr deals with these issues by obscuring a user’s absolute location by default. Rather than plotting each user on the map. Grindr displays how far away they are (distances can range from a few feet to miles away).   READ MORE HERE

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March 26, 2009 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments