OK, so I'm all about social media. Back in college I remember a journalism class where a classmate wrote a whole long ranty article about how myspace and facebook were stupid and no one would ever benefit from having them in their future careers. Speaking as someone who's on YouTube daily for work, and occasionally on myspace and facebook to I just have to say, Hey Elana. You were wrong. Motivators is big into the social media thing and I enjoy being the one who gets to play around with it. It's fun. But there are even somethings that I can't get behind.
I got behind Twitter, because I had to. Everyone and their mother was on twitter. Except for my own mother who will never be on any social media site because she's constantly battling the problem of TiVoing her soap operas in Spanish. But anyway, Twitter came along and to me it was just the stalker feed of Facebook. I eventually came to love the stalker feed on FB because it totally keeps me in the loop of everything that I barely need to know. Like for example that my best friend from elementary school who I don't talk to anymore got engaged over the weekend or that Sabrina in accounting now has a new niece. (Adorable by the way, Sabs).
But the major difference between Twitter and FB...is the fact that you know these people. I have people following me on Twitter that I've never known, met or seen before in my life. My only assumption is that they really like promotional products or that they realized we're good people and we're worth following. I've also been told that that's how twitterers roll. They just find people and follow them regardless of whether or not they know them. I'd narrow my eyes and say creepy, but hey man, if google says jump you say how high. And in this case google said jump.
So I popped on to twitter this morning and got my feed updates about those random people that I don't know, when all of a sudden something creeped me out more so than usual. Some dude tweeted (have I mentioned that I also hate twitter because it kills the english language). This is what it said:
I'm at Starbucks Coffee Company (3421 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA) - http://bkite.com/01Wfd
My eyes practically burst out of my head and I thought how is that possibly safe? And then I saw that the tweet had been sent via BrightKite so I went to BrightKite.com and checked it out.
Talk about stalking for dummies. BrightKite is a new social network that lets you tell people exactly where you are. It's like twitter, but the address version of it. And when you click on someones post after they've told you where they are, you then get a GOOGLE MAP and a satellite image of their exact location providing, their location has street views.
Why does anyone need this? If I were anywhere near Philly, I would have gone to that starbucks and been like Hey guy, whats up. I saw you on Twitter, Say hello to your mother for me. (Sorry, just can't stop referencing Mark Wahlberg talks to animals, it was too funny). But seriously this is stalking made easy, stalking for dummies and I'm thinking the world is a smidgen TOO connected.
PS: If anyone wants to find me, I'm in the Bungalow and that's all I'm saying!