Today, we're super excited by what some of iOS 5's newest features allow us to do. Specifically, say hi to foursquare's 'Radar,' a huge step in the evolution of the foursquare vision.
Now, if you follow a list, like the 101 Best Dishes of 2011, foursquare will let you know when you're next to one. Or you save that yoga studio to your To-Do List (because you really want to try it); we can remind you when you're close. Or, better yet, if you're driving home and three of your friends are getting together nearby, we'll tell you so you can meet up. The app doesn't even have to be open, it just works. We call it foursquare Radar, because it finds things nearby that you normally wouldn't know about.
Google has this deep into production but Google is wanting to offer ads based on your purchase history as the main goal.
"Hey, we know you love blue widgets and we spotted a 50% off sale within a mile of your current location!" or "You're within 50 feet of Jim's Free Widgets and they have a one day special on the blue variety!"
It's all helpful and all but you can't miss that it's helping people out of their money and helping these companies turn you into a puppet of sorts.
It boggles my mind however that people don't mind being on "radar" meaning they don't mind being tracked and monitored. If you knew exactly where everyone was 24/7 and who their friends are as well as loads of personal information about them... what ways would you come up with to empower/enrich yourself? That's what's going on!
You KNOW a government agency or three is creating various lists of people and doing things like monitoring when two people on the list are in close proximity and watching patterns etc.
In fact people are speaking up about the activities of agencies in this area but it's almost as if the agencies share a "obliterate the creepy line but do it on the down-low" philosophy. - [huffingtonpost.com...]