The New Me

Starting this week I’ve taken on a new role as User Advocate with Plazes. It’s not a full-time gig — I’ll still be lovingly crafting almanacs and magazines most of the time. And we’re not uprooting ourselves to Berlin (at least not yet!). In a sense it’s doing what I’ve been doing all along — being a passionate Plazes user — except now it’s official.

I’ve explained more about exactly what this is all about in my first post of the Plazes weblog (a post that, unfortunately, has some people thinking my name is Julie; more fool me for making broad North America-centric pop culture references the centre of my posts).


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Kevin on June 15, 2007 - 10:36 Permalink

Perhaps I’m just missing something but doesn’t plazes give Big Brother a pair of binoculars? I think I understand the technology (sort of) but I can’t think of why the benefits outweigh the obvious lack of privacy and security.

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Ton Zijlstra on June 17, 2007 - 08:02 Permalink

Sounds like fun Peter! Congrats!

@Kevin: as long as Big Brother isn’t in your circle of friends, he doesn’t see you. Binoculars or not. The point with Plazes (as with most other social media tools) is that you control the data you share (sometimes I share my location, sometimes I don’t), and who is able to see that (different circles of friends, or public, or noone). And that is something you can decide per instance that you decide to share something.
Big Brother is the complete opposite: others gathering information on me, that I have no control over, or am not even aware of.