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'Girls Around Me' Pulled From App Store: Creepiest App Ever?

News 2012/04/09 13:00:00
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Apps can be wonderful things. They can tell our friends where we are, upload pictures on-the-spot, and keep us connected with our loved ones from across the country. But all these things border on a growing fear that this technology might be used against us, and with "Girls Around Me," what you might call a "stalker app," that might have come true. Fortunately, Apple tore the app from its store.

According to the app's website, the program "scans your surroundings and helps you find out where girls or guys are hanging out [and] browse photos of lovely local ladies and tap their thumbnail to find out more about them." PC World writes that users were able to use Foursquare and Facebook to determine personal information and locations of nearby people, but Foursquare quickly blocked the app. The creators, SMS Services, are planning to release an updated version, presumably with an opt-in requirement. What do you think? Does "Girls Around Me" sound like the creepiest app ever?


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  • the fuze 2012/04/09 16:37:53
    Yes
    the fuze
    +2
    A little bit... If people aren't aware that someone's checking them out through this app, kinda seems like stalking, maybe?
  • Grizzle 2012/04/09 16:32:48 (edited)
    Yes
    Grizzle
    +3
    A little of topic but I had to post it.
    creepy pervert
  • BritPunk Grizzle 2012/04/09 18:26:51
    BritPunk
    I have had a gift request for a cast of my lady's area !!
  • Richard Hungwell AKA Relent... 2012/04/09 16:16:25
    No
    Richard Hungwell AKA Relentless
    However the chick on the corner of Renwick St. and and Spring St. has a very creepy serial killer mug shot looking profile pic.
  • Sheila 2012/04/09 15:37:19
    No
    Sheila
    +5
    I say no because the creepiest one I have ever heard of was an app that allowed you to take a pic of a woman (or man presumably, but they said woman in the article I read) and enter it in the app. If it was available on facebook or any of the "social media" the persons name and personal info popped up.

    This one is almost as bad and both would seem to be an invasion of privacy.
  • Farnsworth 2012/04/09 15:32:34
    Yes
    Farnsworth
    +7
    but it's what happens when people open up their life for all to see through social networking sites.

    Privacy is something we as a culture are losing. Just from simple observation of the news and other forms of media, can anyone really "trust" the general population?
  • Sheila Farnsworth 2012/04/09 15:38:16
    Sheila
    +6
    My children don't understand why I get so "weirded out" over them posting pics on FB..... THIS is why!!
  • Farnsworth Sheila 2012/04/09 15:43:22
    Farnsworth
    +6
    yep..

    FB and others like it are a stalkers paradise.
  • Raymond... Farnsworth 2012/04/09 15:53:48
    Raymond Allamby
    +2
    no ones stalking me on my fb. i'm feeling left out!
  • Farnsworth Raymond... 2012/04/09 16:08:10
    Farnsworth
    +2
    I would take that as a good sign
  • smitty 2012/04/09 15:09:35
    Yes
    smitty
    +2
    Everyone puts their life out there for anyone to grab up. We wonder.
  • melly~thwarting Satan since... 2012/04/09 14:46:23
    No
    melly~thwarting Satan since 1971
    +33
    Hey idiots! We're everywhere! We're 51% of the population. If you really need an app to find us, do us a favor and get a vasectomy.
  • Aader melly~t... 2012/04/09 14:56:48
    Aader
    +2
    lol. sad though if men can't find a woman that's better for me. less competition.
  • Sheila melly~t... 2012/04/09 15:38:57
    Sheila
    +10
    Well, we all know they don't like to ask for directions....lol...
  • Zamboni... melly~t... 2012/04/09 17:43:19
    Zamboni - Madoka Magica fan BN0
    +5
    LOL

    LOL! Well pointed!
  • Dramha ... melly~t... 2012/04/09 21:01:43
  • Peru melly~t... 2012/04/09 21:47:08
    Peru
    +5
    Although it may be true that women are 51 percent of the population it's not true that every woman is worth finding.
  • Bulanov... Peru 2012/04/10 00:21:32
    Bulanova (Team Hargitay)
    +1
    But the app doesn't only scan for the worthwhile ones.
  • Peru Bulanov... 2012/04/11 15:45:31
    Peru
    I could have sworn it also placed their photos alongside. Surely that must have been worth something, right?
  • melly~t... Peru 2012/04/10 00:49:33
    melly~thwarting Satan since 1971
    +6
    Yes--and thanks for making it obvious that not every man is worth finding, either.
  • Peru melly~t... 2012/04/11 15:47:31 (edited)
    Peru
    Of course not every man is worth finding. Additionally the men who ARE worth finding are usually married. So if you're single, female, and 40 you're hosed.
  • spiderm... melly~t... 2012/04/10 01:52:43 (edited)
    spidermonkey™POTL~PWCM~JLA☮Paul
    +3
    I salute you!!
    salute you
  • melly~t... spiderm... 2012/04/10 02:00:04
  • spiderm... melly~t... 2012/04/10 03:18:47
    spidermonkey™POTL~PWCM~JLA☮Paul
    +1
    I love that!!!! lol!
  • GeminiWolf melly~t... 2012/04/10 03:07:08
  • G melly~t... 2012/04/10 03:47:12
    G
    +1
    But there's no vasectomy app(!)
  • Met melly~t... 2012/04/10 04:59:12
    Met
    +1
    We don't need an app to find you.

    We just like to have a pre-screening process.

    :D
  • raimiek Met 2012/04/11 04:54:35
    raimiek
    +1
    That's creepy and stalkerish.
  • Met raimiek 2012/04/16 04:08:50
    Met
    How is it stalkerish to use the app to avoid certain people?

    In the business world we call pre-screening your potential hopefuls efficient and time saving.
  • blackri... melly~t... 2012/04/10 06:37:56
    blackrings70
    +2
    BAHAHAHA!!!!!!
    bahahaha
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/04/09 14:45:51
    Yes
    BIG BAD JOHN R.
    +2
    Creepiest App Ever!
    Hey if you have to use a app to find, "Who, where and whats hot, you have a major problem! Get a life and live it!
  • Nica24 2012/04/09 14:40:40
    Yes
    Nica24
    +5
    That is really invading on ones personal life. I could see if this app has to be approved by the girl in order to get traced. Honestly, some girls would like this. I would hate though that a guy can pull me up & read a bit about. Find my location. BUT than you have 14 year old girls with iPhone or smart phones. Talk about easy target for the predator. Get rid of it!!
  • TooSweet Nica24 2012/04/09 23:39:52
    TooSweet
    +2
    If you don't want it out there,don't put it out there.Every person needs to be aware of what they make public and be prepared for the consequence.It's not invading privacy when YOU choose to blog it.
  • Nica24 TooSweet 2012/04/10 00:34:14
    Nica24
    What are you talking about? Put what out where? Maybe you should make a little more sense of yourself...
  • TooSweet Nica24 2012/04/10 01:58:09
    TooSweet
    +1
    I wasn't speaking of you personally,I was referring to the people that blog personal info on public sights and complain about invasion of privacy...Does that make A little more sence to you?
  • Nica24 TooSweet 2012/04/10 02:02:35
    Nica24
    Yes! Lol. I was a bit confused. I agree with ya there!!
  • greg 2012/04/09 14:38:57
    Yes
    greg
    +6
    sounds like a rapist dream come true.....sick sick sick. we don't need to be that connected and we don't need strangers connected.
  • cddjmikey 2012/04/09 14:34:10
    Yes
    cddjmikey
    +1
    So far anyways. Just wait, someday we will probably look back and think how nice it was. Pretty sad,eh ?
  • .: LiVi :. 2012/04/09 14:14:41
    Yes
    .: LiVi :.
    +2
    These apps are for socially retarded people who don't know how to make friends in the real world. I hate thats stuff, if everyone relied on computers to socialise (which many do sadly) then what will become of the human race, how low must people deteriorate?
  • Swartzy 2012/04/09 13:28:26
    Yes
    Swartzy
    +6
    It was only a matter of time before someone came up with such a concept. If anything, they should make an app that works like this but detects registered sex offenders in the area.

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