The history of online social networking is rife with faux pas. From celebrities trolling hookup sites to people being fired for thinking they could blab about their boss on Facebook with impunity, there are countless tales of Internet lessons learned the hard way. And an ingenious — and some say dangerous — new site is out to demonstrate just how easy it is to find out when you’re away from your home so people can steal your stuff.
Please Rob Me uses geolocational networking tools like Foursquare to show just how easy it is for anyone to find out where you are at any given time.
“The danger is publicly telling people where you are,” explains a statement on the site. “This is because it leaves one place you’re definitely not… home. So here we are; 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.”
Of course, some may argue that Please Rob Me is crossing an ethical line. But others would argue that they’re really just consolidating publicly available information and pointing out how vulnerable you might be when you decide to share this information with the world.
What do you think: