The more I use Apple’s Find my Friends App, the more comfortable I get with the idea of letting everyone, even strangers, know where I am.
It started with letting my family members be able to see my location. I have nothing to hide, and if something ever happens to me, I want my mom to know where I am. That’s a safe idea.
But now I let a lot of my friends follow me and they return the favor. It’s pretty cool to see where friends are, even if they’re on the other side of the globe. Pop open FMF and… wow, I’ve got a few friends traveling all around Europe right now–pretty cool.
But, if I could open my location to any and everyone, would also open myself to some kind of risk? Would my safety be in question?
I doubt it. If anyone can see me, so can my loved ones. They’ve got my back. My partner can check if I’m taking an unusually long time to get home and see exactly where I am. Isn’t that the best security measure possible? It certainly make me feel better knowing he’s looking over my virtual shoulder so to speak.
Sure, this wouldn’t be a good thing for everyone–certainly not celebrities or politicians– but I’m no celebrity. There’s hardly anything to gain in stalking me… as much as I’d like to think I’m worthy.
So, if Apple ever relaunches Find my Friends as “Find my Strangers,” I might just upgrade.