Look Who's Stalking: The 10 Creepiest Apps For Phones, Facebook, and More
To one degree or another, everyone's been an internet stalker at some point. But some apps and services make it crazy, crazy easy to be exceptionally creepy. Our friends at Laptop Mag rounded up the shadiest—you know, for reference.
Although Russian-based app developer i-Free has contended that it hasn't done anything wrong — all of the data it was dishing out to users was unrestricted information, voluntarily provided by Facebook and Foursquare users — the app's stated goals and purpose have been suspect to say the least. "In the mood for love, or just after a one-night stand?" the official website reads. "Girls Around Me puts you in control! Reveal the hottest nightspots, who's in them, and how to reach them..."
Since news of the creepy service broke, Foursquare cut off the API access that the app relied upon to function, prompting developers to pull the product from the iTunes Store.
We often post location data without a second thought, thinking that a status update or two made public won't get us into trouble. But string it all together in a historic, visual format, and things can indeed turn creepy very quickly.
"Imagine sitting at the bar and finding out the truth about the person who just bought you a drink all before they return to the bathroom," the app description reads. Yep, imagine a world where this service is completely free and available. Not at all creepy.
As of this writing, Situationist is unavailable for download at the iTunes Store.
Is the app useful? Moderately. Scary? Absolutely. Thankfully, no working download or demo can be found now.
The premise is that you might meet up with them because you have things in common — you might frequent the same places or have a mutual friend. But is that a strong enough link to open yourself up to an encounter with a potentially dangerous stranger?
Also by the maker of Breakup Notifier, Crush Notifier is a Facebook app that allows you to choose people you are crushing on, and the service sends them an anonymous notification email. If the feeling is mutual, you get a similar email notifying you of your match. But wouldn't it be more ideal to simply man up and be direct with your feelings instead of using such a service?
WaitingRoom lets you anonymously enter a friend's name within the service to give them a hint that they have options. There's a waiting period of two days after the target's break-up — because this app is different, it's tasteful — after which the application discloses the identities of his/her admirers.
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