I believe there are two types of people in this world:
those who accept any
(Facebook) friend with the ability to push a friend request button, and those who say “heck no creep, I don’t know you.”
At the expense of my social media career, I’m in that later category. If I don’t know you, I don’t particularly want you skeezing around my friends, photos and interests. That’s just me. I’m not paranoid, I’ve just had lurkers before and there will be more. But I find myself questioning this philosophy a bit when it comes to considering: what if your association with one another isn’t sharing personal association, but sharing taste. Effectively your footpath becomes a reccomendation stream.
Enter userslike.me, where you can type in your
(Gowalla) name and find users checking in at several of the same spots as you; ideally people who likely share the same tastes. Now this service is likely to pull up a lot of your existing friends you hang out with, but you also might stumble across a few discoveries. To stalk.