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Locaccino: Tracking location with privacy

March 2, 2009Tribes

Locaccino is a new location-based friend-finding service for Facebook. It comes out of Carnegie Mellon University, and the emphasis is on customizable privacy settings.

From the Web page:

Our technology allows you to easily define the times when you want to share your locations. Locaccino lets you create groups for your friends to simplify your location preferences. With Locaccino, allowing your co-workers to see your location from 8AM – 5PM is a snap.

Locaccino also allows you to specify where you can be located. Using a Google maps interface, you can define regions where you do and don’t want other people to be able to find you.

We'll see if Google adds these features to its Latitude application (which I have on my Blackberry). Of course, part of the fun is seeing what my colleagues are up to over the weekend. But we all should have the right to draw the curtain when we want. (If my editor looks on his Blackberry today, he'll see my dot blinking in snowy Montclair. Why suffer two monster commutes to New York just to write? At least that's my excuse.)

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