The Internet is abuzz with the story of the first marriage coming to an end with the help of Apple's new Find My Friends app.
The app lets iPhone users see where their friends are with their permission. A suspicious husband, under the username ThomasMetz, activated the app without his wife's knowledge. He posted the results of his investigation, along with some pictures, on the Mac Rumors' forums:
I got my wife a new 4s and loaded up find my friends without her knowing. She told me she was at her friends house in the east village. I've had suspicions about her meeting this guy who live uptown. Lo and behold, Find my Friends has her right there.
I just texted her asking where she was and the dumb b!otch said she was on 10th Street!! Thank you Apple, thank you App Store, thank you all. These beautiful treasure trove of screen shots going to play well when I meet her a$ at the lawyer's office in a few weeks.
Find my Friends isn't the first app to locate willing friends through smartphones. Four Square is a popular app that allows users to broadcast their locations to friends. The app was launched in 2007.
We may see more of these kinds of incidents as Find My Friends is an app that comes directly from
Apple. It's a feature that comes in the new iOS 5 mobile OS upgrade that Apple recently released. Apple announced that 25 million people are running iOS 5. Estimates say about one-third of all iOS devices are now running the new iOS.
The free app has to be downloaded from Apple's app store. Those with Find My Friends always have the option of hiding from their followers. It also shows a list of everyone that is following you.
Though amusing, the post does bring up some questions about privacy. Some commentators bemoan users' casualness about sharing their own personal information. With the iOS's new Twitter integration it's easier to share information like never before. The iPhone even lets users tweet their locations with just a few clicks.
But ThomasMetz seems to enjoy the new features of the iOS 5 as he concludes his post: thankfully, she's the rich one.