With SocialRadar App, There Are No Strangers

Feb 5, 2014 2:35pm

Is this creepy or cool? Imagine you walk into a party and see that cute guy or girl. Without even talking to them, you can look up their name, favorite music and where they’re from.

 

With the new app SocialRadar, you can look up personal information about friends, co-workers and even strangers nearby.  It was founded by Blackboard founder and former CEO Michael Chasen.

 

In an interview with ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis, Host of “Real Biz,” Chasen says with over two billion user profiles online, his goal is to create a greater connection to people in the social space and bring them together in the real world; whether you are at a concert, a restaurant or visiting a different city.

 

SocialRadar pulls information from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Foursquare and Google +. That means even if you haven’t signed up for SocialRadar, if you are on any of these social media platforms, you can be found.

 

But what if you don’t want to be found? There’s no hiding from mom if you’re at that party you weren’t supposed to go to. Or if you’re trying to ditch a dude you recently broke up with… yes, he can stalk you at the mall.

 

However, there is a feature you can set up on SocialRadar that sends you a text and e-mail alerting  you when forbidden former friends or parents approach, but only if you are logged in the app and specifically set up this feature.

 

Meeting users’ concerns, Chasen said there is a privacy setting on SocialRadar.

 

If you’re signed up, with the swipe of a finger, you can control your visibility by choosing “anonymous” or “invisible” mode, but again that’s if you’re logged in the app.

Meaning many people on social media may not even know they can be tracked down on SocialRadar.

 

Chasen argues people are comfortable sharing their location and want to be found. Over 5 million people check in on Foursquare per day, allowing users who are in a foreign city to notice that one of their friends are also in town. Or users at a conference see 50 acquaintances are also at the event.

 

Want a conversation starter for that cute girl or guy at a party? Well you can pull up their photos and what school they went to, which might make it easier to approach them with something to talk about.

 

You can also set the range of your radar, showing you a map view of all the strangers in your area with things in common. Users can set up specific searches to find new friends that share similar interests in sports or speak a language you’re studying.

 

We want to hear from you. What do you think: is SocialRadar cool or creepy?

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