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Please Rob Me

Product imageA Dutch company has launched a new mashup service for Twitter, Foursquare and Google Buzz

Most of us have heard how a hapless individual advertised the fact that they were on holiday for a few weeks on their Facebook or other social networking pages and then found that some clever thief invited them into their home and robbed them blind.

The police and media warn users of social networking sites to not leave yourself exposed to these type of crimes by giving your location away to strangers. To hammer home the message Please Rob Me has been launched that seems to get the point across by almalgamating all those annoying tweets and updates on where a user is and giving their geolocation away. It’s like a search engine service for potential burglars.

From the website’s Why section:

Hey, do you have a Twitter account? Have you ever noticed those messages in which people tell you where they are? Pretty annoying, eh. Well, they’re actually also potentially pretty dangerous. We’re about to tell you why.

…The danger is publicly telling people where you are. This is because it leaves one place you’re definitely not… home. So here we are; on one end we’re leaving lights on when we’re going on a holiday, and on the other we’re telling everybody on the internet we’re not home. It gets even worse if you have “friends” who want to colonize your house. That means they have to enter your address, to tell everyone where they are. Your address.. on the internet.. Now you know what to do when people reach for their phone as soon as they enter your home. That’s right, slap them across the face.

Hardware Heaven wonders how long it is before we have a news report that the developers of Please Rob Me are being sued by its “victims”.

Source: Please Rob Me

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