Pleaserobme.com pulls together updates on Twitter from people who broadcast where they are at any given time, it is making the point that if people are telling the world they are not at home, they are leaving themselves open to be burgled. The Dutch website lists “all those empty homes out there” and providing a running total of “new opportunities”.
The developers of the site took just a few hours to put up the site after thousands began posting updates about where they are in the online social game Foursquare. Users of Foursquare, a Twitter-type application, check in on their mobile phone to record their position on a map, indicating where they are – and where they are not.
Website developers Boy Van Amstel, Frank Groeneveld and Barry Borsboom said they did not want to encourage criminals, only to remind people that sharing information on the internet carried its own risks. They say on the site: “Our intention is not, and never has been, to have people burglarised. On one end we’re leaving lights on when we’re going on a holiday, and on the other we’re telling everybody on the internet we’re not home.” “Don’t get us wrong, we love the whole location-aware thing. The information is very interesting and can be used to create some pretty awesome applications. However, the way in which people are stimulated to participate in sharing this information, is less awesome. Services like Foursquare allow you to fulfill some primeval urge to colonize the planet. A part of that is letting everyone know you own that specific spot. You get to tell where you are and if you’re there first, it’s yours. O, and of course there’s badges”.
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They say the goal of this website is to raise some awareness on this issue and have people think about how they use services like Foursquare, Brightkite, Google Buzz etc. Because all this site is, is a dressed up Twitter search page. Everybody can get this information.But Simon Davies, director of the Privacy International campaign group, said the website was “completely and totally irresponsible”. “What they have actually achieved is providing a one-stop-shop for burglars rather than achieve their goals, which are to raise awareness.”