I Twitter, Therefore I'm Robbed
When it comes to the oversharing world of Twitter, maybe it's better to tweet in hindsight. That way a stalking ex-boyfriend doesn't show up at the restaurant you announced you have reservations at, or, a cat burglar doesn't do a clean sweep of your studio apartment while you're at the 7:20pm screening of Avatar.
Alas, more shocking than robbers cleaning you out of house and home while you're at the gym for your Twitter feed documented "45 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes of weight training," is the fact that it took this long for a site like PleaseRobMe to be created.
The new website (launched earlier this week) aggregates publicly shared updates and user locations typically posted on the info-exposing Twitter, Google Buzz and Foursquare, and thus revealing how stupid many of us are for embracing our hip transparency. PleaseRobMe wants us to think of the site, however, as the wake-up call that reminds us to cover our tracks and think before we tweet -- at least in terms of location sharing.
Indeed, the beauty of social media is also the curse. When you agree to let the world know your every move -- where you're doing it, when you're doing it, how you're doing it, and for how long you're going to be doing it -- not only is it possible you'll be featured on the PleaseRobMe feed, you might get a hard copy mention in your local police blotter, too.
And yet, what would be awesomely meta in our overly ironic oversharing Twittersphere is if a crime were to be committed, that this criminal too would be social media savvy. Then he or she in his or her own vanity would tweet the location of his or her next hit. And the police (the seemingly last group of obvious people who should be logging in) could follow the robber to the location and bust him or her! It would be like one of the last scenes in Home Alone when the not-so-scary after all neighbor saves Kevin McAllister from the bad guys.
Not learned your lesson yet, Twit-Buzz-Square-er? Fine then, go on and tweet us your American Express credit card number and security code.