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More thoughts on location-based networks for us females…

In apps, location-based, mobile technology, smartphones, Social media on September 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

The site that keeps popping up in my mind when it comes to location-based services is www.icanstalku.com, a site devoted to “raising awareness about inadvertent information sharing.”

That being said, anyone who opts-in to location-based networks (LBNs) is fully aware they’re broadcasting their location as that’s the premise. But I think some folks new to mobile technology, regardless of whether they subscribe to foursquare or any other location app  may not be aware of how public their information is. I know I wasn’t.

Also, I wasn’t really comfortable griping about location-based technology in my earlier post without having tried it. So I did. The result? I  still think it’s creepy. Let me explain.

My first “check-in” was at a local gym. It’s a large gym but I noted I was the only female out of 5 people who had recently checked in. Ok, whatever. Then during my workout, an ad popped up on the bottom of my application that said “peaches347 is .7 miles away, would you like to chat?” Yikes. Who is peaches? And why do I want to chat when I’m working out?

Unfortunately my first test drive kinda confirmed how this system could easily be abused by weirdos. Again, not that everyone is a weirdo but my sense is that with location-based stuff, and mobile in general, things are still so new that as women we really need to be careful and aware of what we’re getting ourselves into.

Just an FYI chickees….

The trouble with location-based features, from a female perspective…

In Facebook, location-based, mobile technology, Privacy, smartphones, Social media on August 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm

The other day I was walking my dog while listening to music on my phone. As I went to change songs, I noticed an ad at the bottom of the app. It was for pet sitting services in my town. MY TOWN?? My heart skipped a beat. Subtle paranoia set in. Looking around I thought…who the hell knows I’m out here with my dog and decided to hit me up with an ad??

Mr. Madison Ave. is getting dangerously close. Now granted, not every dude or person wants to do harm. But for every tons of good folks out there, it only takes one to screw it up. For me, a complimentary beverage or badge isn’t worth the attention of Mr. Stalker across the bar. It just plain creeps me out.

A little harsh? Maybe. Paranoid? Probably. But just my gut. If you’re female and feel differently, by all means tell me.

I think I’m becoming the woman I use to hate.

In Addiction, apps, Internet addiction, Motorola Droid, smartphones, Social media, Social media addiction on May 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

You’ve seen her…head down, cell phone in hand, fingers frantically typing, confused look, usually stopped dead in the middle of sidewalk.

But today that was me. I was at the gym attempting to use a fitness app on my Motorola Droid. From the time I exited the women’s locker room to the moment my ass hit the mat for some stretching, I stared down at the phone, transfixed. Occasionally I would look up to steer myself in the right direction. Most people coming towards me looked annoyed, others curious. When I finally got the app working, I put the phone down and it felt like…tah-dah! Welcome back to the reality! My God, I thought. That level of distraction was frightening. 

It’s a defining moment…when suddenly you becomes “them.” Have you been there? Do you know what I’m speaking of? I wonder if this was just a temporary dalliance in such annoying behavior or….scary to think… am I now becoming one of those addicted to their phones?

Motorola Droid. An example of the lack of women in technology?

In Android 2.0, Google, Meetup, Motorola Droid, Smartphone, smartphones, Technology Meetups, Verizon Motorola Droid on April 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I have yet to meet, in person, another woman who owns a Motorola Droid. The phone’s touted as one of the best android phones on the market. Sure the design isn’t very female friendly, but is that really why women aren’t buying it? Some argue the marketing targets men. If all I watched was sports and Two and a Half Men on TV, then maybe. But somehow I saw the commercials.

Also… I’ve been a longtime member of Meetup, a terrific site whose mission is to connect people online so they can then meet offline. Recently I joined some Meetup groups focused on mobile technology. I’ve been to 5 so far, and at only two was there one other female.

Don’t get me wrong…there are very many talented women in technology. I’m just surprised at the prevalence of men.

Loving the droid…from a female perspective.

In Android 2.0, Google, Motorola Droid, Reviews, Smartphone, smartphones, Verizon Droid, Verizon Motorola Droid on April 21, 2010 at 7:52 am

Ok, I gotta admit. When I first got my Motorola Droid, the clunkiness alone made me wonder, is this for me? It’s so…unladylike. But wow, I’m over it.

Cruising through the android marketplace makes me giddy. The apps are awesome. I’m especially intrigued by the (eh-hem) girly-er ones. Recipes, calorie counters, beauty tips, self-help quotes, office yoga, women’s body stats, pregnancy widgets, and even ones that let you track your menstrual cycle (ok, are guys making these??). Now again, apps are new to me. I only upgraded to my Motorola Droid a month and a half ago. Before that I had a Sony Erickson 580i that did squat.

Are all these apps top-notch? Not necessarily…and I admit, ovulation tracking is not a priority for me. But despite all the Droid’s manly features, these give one a peek into the endless women-related opportunities via Android. Woo-hoo!

Free Motorola Droid case giveaway!

In Android 2.0, Cell phone cases, Droid, free, giveaway, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid Accessories, Motorola Droid giveaway, Smartphone, smartphones, Verizon Droid, Verizon Motorola Droid on April 16, 2010 at 12:05 am

…and all that’s required is you be the first to post a comment to my blog! The case is black and made of rubber. Kinda cool, actually, but way to manly for me.

How’s that for salesmanship. The truth is, the more feminine case I ordered from Amazon just arrived today. I would have posted a video to show you my new case but it turns out I have to pay $59 for an upgrade to upload a video in wordpress. Ouch. Little did I know about the fee…..I nearly spent the whole day doing the damn video. On my acer netbook no less. (You know, the thing I want to sell??) And all for naught.

Anyway – I hope someone writes soon!