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How creepy is “Girls around me”?
Julian Sanchez pinpoints what’s so creepy about “Girls Around Me,” a (now banned) app that used Foursquare and Facebook data to tell users about women near them:
[T]he reaction to the app is substantially a result of, as Hill puts it, the “design of ‘Girls Around Me,’ consisting of Bond-style silhouettes of naked ladies dancing and posing provocatively.” Suppose Foursquare were rebranded as “Hookupsquare” (or “Stalkersquare”), or Facebook absorbed by AdultFriendFinder, but everything else about the software remained the same. One assumes they would be a good deal less popular, despite being identical in terms of the information flows they enabled.