Brightkite Kills Its Check-In Functionality To Focus On Group Texting

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In what may be the first high-profile casualty of the location wars, Brightkite, an early player in the space, has today announced they’re officially killing off the check-in functionality of their service.



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Things people should stop doing: Checking other people in on Facebook Places without permission

Agreed, but I am still baffled by the decision from FaceBook to switch this on by default.

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Quite why Facebook built this feature into its location offering in the first place I have no idea, but tagging other people at a places without their permission is just plain rude so let’s nip it in the bud.

Sure, it’s easy to block others from doing this to you in your privacy settings, but it’s switched on by default. So, if we were friends on Facebook I could check in at a location and, without your permission and regardless of whether you were actually there or not, I could tell everyone else you were with me.



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The New Geolocation Conundrum

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So now that we’re apparently firmly on the road to geolocation-for-all, the biggest conundrum of all is simply: will “average users” (again, whatever that means) want to share their location for any reason? Will they get location or will they simply see it as the stupidest thing imaginable? While it’ll most likely still be some time before we have this answer, if you look outside the bubble, this is certainly the most vexing and intriguing geolocation conundrum of them all.

The New Geolocation Conundrum

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