I Can Stalk U – it's a very scary thing: A warning about posting photos on Twitter

by Knowlton Thomas | Culture

twitpicYears ago, you needed sharp detective skills to pull off a successful stalking session. Now, your targets will do the work for you.

A website called "I Can Stalk U" reveals precise geotagged locations via tweeted photos. A photo from Twitter is filtered onto the site and translated into stalker info: the digital photograph becomes "I am nearby *exact address here*" or "I am nearby *Google Maps link here.*"

I Can Stalk U isn't actually a cult for stalkers: it's designed to raise awareness among users who don't realize how much data is revealed with geo-tagged updates.

Briefing the site, I must say that it's much more interesting than my regular Twitter feed. I'm feeling a little omnipotent. And while a picture may be worth a thousand words, it's not worth appearing on this site—I'll keep my photo tweets to myself from now on.

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Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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