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This is an old page from Rod Begbie's blog.

It only exists in an attempt to prevent linkrot. No new content will be added to this site, and links and images are liable to be broken. Check out begbie.com to find where I'm posting stuff these days.

Filed under 'location'

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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September 25, 2010

Glympse - Share Your Where

My new favourite iPhone app — When you’re running late, send an updating map of your whereabouts by text message so friends have some idea of when you’ll arrive! People should expect to receive these from me a lot!

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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)

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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Gowalla. A location-based iPhone game.

Was wondering when one of these would show up. Virtual geo-caching using the iPhone’s location facilities. Designed by the folks behind the Facebook “Packrat” game. (SF and Austin only at the moment)

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March 5, 2008

Fire Eagle

Fire Eagle has launched — a broker for your physical location, which other applications can use to improve user experiences. It’s really just APIs and geekery at the moment, but the applications that use and enable it will start appearing pretty quickly — I’ve already got a couple of ideas.

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.