‘Please Rob Me’ is a lawsuit waiting to happen
A new website wants to warn us about how exposed we are online. “Please Rob Me” is dedicated to making us realize how stupid it is to constantly update the world on exactly where we are at all times, via Twitter, FourSquare, and Facebook status updates:
The site aggregates Twitter and Foursquare announcements from people saying that they are away from their homes.
There are so many things wrong with this. Here are the first two that strike me:
1. This may all be a joke but it also seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen, if one of the people whose tweets feed through this site actually gets robbed. Serving them though would be difficult for the American set because the guys behind it — Barry Borsboom and Frank Groeneveld — are based in the Netherlands (though a WhoIs.com search indicates they registered the site with a California address).
2. Really? Your stereotypical robber graphic for the site is a black guy? Thanks for further confirmation that racism in the Netherlands is on the rise.
Both Dutch creators are on Twitter — @frankgroeneveld and @m0nk — and they’re amused by the reaction to the site: “Our little #pleaserobme project is going insane. Radio interviews, blogposts and it’s a twitter trending topic. I Love it!”