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The purpose of sharing information

Last quarter I took a course named "Introduction to ubiquitou computing", it talks about how technologies fade into people's daily life. I am kind of astonished since the vision had been proposed 20 years ago, and it is interesting when something from a 90's paper appear in Apple's new iPad commercial.

A few weeks ago, when I was having dinner with a couple of friends at a restaurant, one of my friends took her iPhone to "check in" with some app, when she was asked what for the "checking in", she answered that she was just to tag the place in the map so that she may find it more easily next time. At that time I noticed that we are not just only sharing information for others, but also ourselves which are "in different period of time".

The location information, one of the most frequently used features in today's social medias, has been always considered with privacy problems. To me, it seems a little weird to let people know exactly where I am, at most times we share the location to others, just to present what "place" we are at, StarBarks, restaurant, home or workplace, but not the "geographic location". The reason why we need to present the "place" is that the information we want to share is always context based, sending a tweet of "I'm eating" with a location of "Panda Express(it sucks though)" would makes more sense to those who are receiving the information.

So, how shall I do something for what I've learned?