Dr Baumgartner said: ‘All of our behaviours, from the food we eat to the men we date, are motivated by internal factors.
not just for the people loved, but for complete strangers. Not because Girls Around Me is an evil app that should be pulled from the i OS App Store, or because the company that makes it — Moscow-based i-Free — is filled with villains.
I still don’t believe that there’s anything wrong with what this app is doing, and the guys at i-Free are super nice, and certainly don’t mean for this app to be anything beyond a diversion.
Since I was showing off the app on a Saturday night, there were dozens of girls out on the town in our local area. Foursquare does NOT allow you to check other people in with you without their knowledge; I was confusing Foursquare for Facebook, which does offer this functionality. – JRB) One of my less computer-affable friends actually went pale, and kept on shooting her boyfriend looks for assurance. Let’s say I’m going to the Independent around the corner, and checking it out ahead of time, I really like the look of this girl Zoe — she looks like a girl I might want to try to get with tonight — so I tap her picture for more information, see what I can find out about here.” I tapped on Zoe.
A Linux aficionado who was the only person in our group without a Facebook account (and one of the few people I’d ever met who actually endorsed Diaspora), the look he returned was one of comical smugness. Girls Around Me quickly loaded up a fullscreen render of her Facebook profile picture.
Girls Around Me is a standard geolocation based maps app, similar to any other app that attempts to alert you to things of interest in your immediate vicinity: whether it be parties, clubs, deals, or what have you. Click on that, and you can see pictures of all the girls who are at that location at any given time. The settings determining how visible your Facebook and Foursquare data is are complicated, and tend to be meaningless to people who don’t really understand issues about privacy,” I explained.