In a slight digression from the usual current affairs and political debate I thought I’d share this latest find with you. Seeing as us Picklers are on the cutting edge of digital social innovations (stop laughing at the back) I figure this would be of interest.
Allow me to introduce Spokeo, it’s simply a news feed (think Facebook’s mini feed of what app your mates have added or events they’re attending etc) of all the things you’re friends are doing publicly online.
If you have their email address (it scans your contacts) you can see whenever they post on Digg, add photos to Flickr, do something on MySpace and a whole host of other sites in one unified news feed.
It’s utterly amazing and terrifying all at the same time!
Update: Harrison from Spokeo has posted a good comment about the site and privacy:
Spokeo can only find stuff that you have access to. For example, if you can find a friend on Flickr, you can do so on Spokeo. If you cannot search for someoneâ€™s Blogger, you cannot do that on Spokeo. The reason why Spokeo can find so much for you is that your friends are sharing tons of stuff online. Previously without Spokeo, itâ€™s very easy to overlook these publicly shared data. Now, they are cleanly organized and presented in front of you.
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