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Filed under 'foursquare'

March 30, 2012

This Creepy App Isn't Just Stalking Women Without Their Knowledge, It's A Wake-Up Call About Facebook Privacy

Good article about a skeevy app, but which is causing some people to draw the wrong conclusions.

This app isn’t just using “public” data (where users have specifically told Foursquare/FB “Make this information public”). It requires every user to approve API connetions to 4sq/FB which allows them to gather information that your friends have said “Only share this with my friends”.

Those checkboxes should really read “Only share this with my friends, plus the faceless developers whose apps they approve to access their account”. There’s a lot of information flowing around out there that people think they’ve applied restricted privacy to.

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August 27, 2010

End of an era

End of an era

Slide Inc. Google Inc. (former Slide office) is now closed.

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July 18, 2010

Check in for charity

Check in for charity

Interesting promotion. Adverts on the Muni asking you to check-in on foursquare to cause donations to some fund.

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June 2, 2010

Be The Mayor

Work out how many more visits you need to make to a venue to have a chance at stealing the Foursquare mayorship. Only 13 days until I have a chance at the Slide office again!

May 21, 2010

Bacon’s had a busy week

Bacon’s had a busy week

April 6, 2010

“Bacon just ousted Rod B. as the mayor of The Bacon Cave!”

“Bacon just ousted Rod B. as the mayor of The Bacon Cave!”

As it should be.

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April 5, 2010

CNN: Is Foursquare the New Twitter?

Standard tech filler piece that aired on CNN this morning. Only notable for including, at 1m30s, a snippet of me being a Man On The Street at SxSW. (Thanks to Doug Mak for seeing this on TV and telling me about it!)

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March 6, 2010


Through the medium of OAuth and APIs, safely links your FourSquare checkins to your FireEagle account.

Now if only there was anything that actually *used* FireEagle’s data. (Beyond the little box on the right hand side of my blog frontpage)

February 21, 2010

September 7, 2009

So *that*’s why they needed the VC funding…

So *that*’s why they needed the VC funding…

Foursquare has dropped the "play" and is now at foursquare.com.

Man, this is just like when Twttr.com bought the vowels!

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March 13, 2009


Another friend-location-tracking app, this one from the original makers of Dodgeball. The website is fairly bare-bones at the moment, although the iPhone app is pretty decent.

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.