It would have been so nice to finish things with a laugh.But now, as six intelligent, sophisticated friends from a variety of backgrounds surrounded me — some looking sick, some looking angry, and some with genuine fear in their faces — I didn’t think Girls Around Me was so funny.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.

For example, I can also look at Zoe’s pictures.” I tapped on the photo album, and a collection of hundreds of publicly visible photos loaded up. which, as it happens, is pretty damn good.” My girlfriend scowled at me. I know what she looks like, both clothed and mostly disrobed. Across the board, the men either looked amused or (in the case of my beardo Diaspora friend) philosophically pleased with themselves about their existing opinions about social networking.

I assured her Zoe in a bikini was no comparison, and moved on. I know her full name, her parents’ full names, her brother’s full name. The women, on the other hand, looked sick and horrified.

I can think of no better way to get a person to realize that they should understand their Facebook privacy settings then pulling out this app. For more details and a statement from Foursquare, read here.

That’s why I hope you’ll go download Girls Around Me on your i Phone or i Pad. : Girls Around Me developer i-Free has released a full statement on the app, in which they say they’ve done nothing wrong and been made a scapegoat for privacy issues.

It’s when you push the radar button that Girls Around Me does what it says on the tin. Immediately, Girls Around Me went into radar mode, and after just a few seconds, the map around us was filled with pictures of girls who were in the neighborhood. If you get checked into Foursquare by a friend without your knowledge and have a publicly visible Facebook profile, you could end up in here.” (Update: Apparently, I wasn’t correct about this. “So let’s say I’m a bro, looking to go out for a night on the town and pick someone up.

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.

and maybe secretly wish had been around when you were younger and single and trying to pull some action.

And if I’d written a post about it a month ago, it would have probably been from that angle.

In fact, Girls Around Me wasn’t even the real problem.

“It’s not, really, that we’re all horrified by what this app them be without their knowledge.” But I didn’t have an easy answer ready for my friend’s last question. Part of it was because, like many tech professionals, I had taken for granted that people understood that their Facebook profiles and Foursquare data were publicly visible unless they explicitly said otherwise…

” In answer to the first question, I replied that as sleazy as this app seemed, Girls Around Me wasn’t actually doing anything wrong.