Geo-location has been a gimick over the last few years, with mobile devices becoming equipped with GPS technology and the sat-nav software which has enabled users to find where they are and where to go. Flipping it round though, some bright spark reversed the concept of GPS to enable location based features like local shops, bars, and landmarks. Since then, the 'Foursquare revolution' has taken a community and social spirit.
To post my home address and postcode on the web is dangerous enough as it is. To have my phone which constantly kicks out my exact location down to a square metre is terrifying. Granted, I'm not a celebrity nor a major public figure, but I've had plenty of death threats over the last couple of years and frankly, I take the privacy of my personal information very seriously.
And now for a social network which has already had serious flaws in its privacy policies, exploits and holes where data can be leaked or be made public, and a CEO which takes user data in a blasé fashion by calling users "dumb" for trusting him, I am beyond apprehensive.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has documented the changes in Facebook's privacy policies since 2005, where originally your data remained as yours and eroded away to the point where not only everything you submitted became theirs, but even your uploaded content would not be deleted from their servers.
If I could cut Facebook out of my life without the risk of social exclusion, I would. Personally this is yet another feature which could be exploited and taken advantage of - more likely to be in Facebook's gain in some way, and nothing good can come from this.
The company has a repugnant track record with user data, information and privacy. Need I say more?