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April 1st, 2006

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04:42 pm - New LJ feature not terribly well thought out, in my opinion
Just noticed the new "location" field for entries. Not sure how great a feature this may be at least for public entries . . .

I always make my posts from home, but theoretically I might make them from a friend's house using my laptop. I certainly wouldn't include accurate information in the "location" field then though, since then anyone reading it would know I was away from my house and maybe try to break in and steal or damage stuff. It just seems stupid to essentially tell the whole world I'm away visiting someone, from a personal security standpoint.

It's possible (albeit unlikely) that I might use the "location" field for a "friends-only" post, especially if I make a post from elsewhere -- either from a friend's place or while travelling on an extended trip where I'm able to get net access. (Most places I've traveled that was problematical -- especially when in South-East Asia and the Indian subcontinent -- internet cafes were few and far between, if they could even be found at all in the areas I traveled through.)

I could, however, simply edit in accurate location information after the fact, once I'm safely home again . . .

So if you read an entry here, presume I wrote it from my own home, unless told otherwise. (I don't plan on including any location info for most posts anyway.)

As for reading the entries of others, I plan to take the information in the "location" field with a grain of salt, since I'm sure I'm not the only one who has thought of the security issues involved!
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