Growing up in a household with a military background, I'm used to being watched over, monitored, and kept track of. My parents did it. They still do, to some extent. Now, my friends do it. "Where are you?" "What are you doing?" "When can you be here?" It's almost as though your friends have become "Parents: 2.0"
But what if you could instantly see where your friends were, rather than having to call and ask? Want to catch that last minute movie? See if Sally is near enough to make it in time! Want to grab lunch? See who's around. But how far is too far when keeping tabs on your friends?
In this week's issue of Time Magazine, Anita Hamilton discusses the "Wireless Street Fight," and how Web 2.0 is moving into the neighborhood. What really scared me? The graphic. Take a look at this screenshot of the new "Drift" handset from Helio:
Are we really going to be able to see where our friends are by flipping open a cell phone?
hm...that's a little scary.