Your Tweets May Be Betraying You

Friday, March 11, 2011


When you use your smartphone to take a photo or use social media platforms like Twitter, the messages you send are frequently encoded with your GPS coordiantes. Yiannis Kakavas, a programmer in Germany, has created a program called Creepy that aggregates all the data you send you out, and lets anyone build a map showing where you were when you Tweeted, Flickr’d, or Foursquared. Bob talks to Kakavas about his aptly named program.

Comments [6]


For those looking for a link:

Mar. 23 2011 06:12 AM

Link, please?

Mar. 13 2011 06:18 PM
Vic Edgehead from Philadelphia, PA

One aspect of this story that was missed is the simplicity of faking the GPS data; especially for web-based services like Twitter and Foursquare. The more emphasis placed on the significance of this information, the greater the risk of abuse; it would be very easy to provide a Twitter-based alibi.

Mar. 13 2011 12:22 PM
@wqueens7 from Woodside, Queens, NYC

Could you provide a link to creepy?

Mar. 13 2011 10:51 AM
charlie kruger from harrington park nj

Holy cow! You mind if I retweet this to everybody as soon as I can?

Mar. 13 2011 08:05 AM
Aito Simpson Steele from Nuuanu, Oahu, Hawaii

Are we really that afraid of everything? Is everyone really out to get us?
I think that this attitude of anonymity and suspicion just leads to more and more disconnection from the community around us. The mask of anonymity that one wears to hide from those that would try to do them harm allows people to behave in ways they wouldn't IRL - in real life.
Not long ago there where whole books dropped at every American's doorstep that listed the names, phone numbers and addresses of their neighbors. Those days didn't seem so dangerous.

Mar. 12 2011 01:16 AM

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