1 in 4 Facebook Users are Geotagging

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All Facebook reports that one in four Facebook users are using the geotagging technology on Facebook to attach locations to a combined total of two billion posts each month!

Those who use geotagging tag their location an average of ten times a month.

I know I use geotagging quite frequently – it’s fun to show my friends where I’ve been or where that picture of cider comes from. But should we be concerned about how much of our private lives we are sharing to the world? Or is this only going to make locating things a whole lot easier by crowdsourcing location information?

[Via All Facebook]


4 Responses to 1 in 4 Facebook Users are Geotagging

  1. It's a two-sided sword really.
    Anyone doing this should definitely be aware of who all gets to see this information and what they can do with it.

    I believe that one of the major benefits can be liquid feedback – about a concert, a restaurant, whatever – practically in realtime. I believe Google already does something in that direction with Latitude.

    The other side would be that if anyone can see your location info, it is perfectly possible to create movement profiles. (which is bad if people want to assassinate you :P)

    I sometimes tag my tweets with my location when it makes sense and adds value to the tweet.

    We should be aware of what we are doing with our data in general. It can definitely have benefits and drawbacks depending on your pov.

  2. I don't geotag my home or work, but if I'm in a public space, I don't have any more problem having the internet know where I am than I have the general public knowing where I am.

    • but you’re more likely to be in public spaces near your home or work than you’re in public spaces far away. so by aggregating the tags interested strangers can deduce where your home or work is…

  3. I do all of my photography with cameras that do not include GPS data by default, so there’s no specific geo-tag information on my photos. The facebook system actually works rather well because I can tag specific images from parks, art installations, random walks, and so on, with the general area that the photo was taken, without having “oh, look, I’m at this street address a whole lot, and it’s full of nice expensive technology” problems.

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