October 05, 2004

fun location blog hack

Over at anti-mega, nokiaguy Chris Heathcote has made a fun hack to publish his current location in the sidebar of his blog, and map out the tracklogs from his GPS. I like the long smooth arc of evenly spaced points that represent his boat trip to the Helsinki Zoo, followed by the maze of twisty little passages that mark his path through the zoo itself. Chris also muses on the implications of publishing his location:

A bigger question is why publish this information in public. I must admit I'm not overly happy with giving everyone access to this data, but then again, this kind of service is the near-future that designers like myself have been preaching for years. It will cause privacy problems, it will cause social embarassment, it may change the way I live. Unless I try it myself, I will never know what unexpected consequences publishing this information will have.

If it were me, I might be worried that everyone would find out how boring and scripted a life I really have -- home, work, home, work, home, work, home, airport, hotel, conference center, airport, home, work, etc. I wonder if Chris will go to more interesting places because the world is watching him ;-)

Posted by Gene at October 5, 2004 12:20 AM | TrackBack

Hah. I have thought about this. Even if I do, it's a first mover effect I think. Though there is something nice in the potential for self-analysis - I suspect my life is scripted very similar to the one you described!

Posted by: Chris at October 5, 2004 03:56 AM
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