Merlin Mann on Loopt

http://www.kungfugrippe.com/post/42288438/loopt-sms-mess

I’ll give you a minute for that to sink in, because if you’re a connected person, you may want to ponder the consequences of unintentionally sending creepy bullshit to colleagues and business contacts who are too busy to care what you’re “geo-tagging” at a given time. I know, because I’m one of them. Hi.

I am still playing with Loopt but this post is food for thought. My updates (I’m at the corner of…. or I’m in Spider Lake…) go to trusted friends on Loopt but also to Facebook and Twitter. Hmmm…

 

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  1. I hate to say it, but I really dislike Loopt updates, too, and not just for the reason’s Merlin lists. The addition of the location forces me to read the update twice in order to discern what the person actually typed and what was added automaticallyl as a location indicator. Sometimes, those additions completely change the original text, too, without adding any valuable information to the equation. It most definitely does not save the time of the user (in this case the reader).

    For me, it’s additional noise on Twitter, which isn’t really something I need. Apps should add value, not remove it, and I have yet to see a useful location tag that added value. That may change during big conferences like ALA, but when everyone is “near” the same hotel at something like CIL…well, duh. I’d rather have someone tweet their location for dinners, meetups, etc. than see the locator on every tweet.

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