NAME: The Beat
AUTHOR: The social media information lab at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
DESCRIPTION: You are finally going to be able to find out what is behind each Instagram picture. A search on “The Beat” shows you images with the same tag as well as the Google Street View of the location the photograph was posted from. Sorry creeps but The Beat does not work with topics (not that we tried or anything). To protect the privacy of it users, The Beat slightly alters the location of the post.
AMUSEMENT RATE: The Beat is useful for several reasons. You can finally know who constantly cheats by posting online random or old pictures. Oh, you post a picture of New York when you actually are in Ohio? Or a pic of yourself on the beach that was taken two years ago when the Street View shows you are in New Brunswick? We will find out the truth! The second interesting aspect is almost sociological. If you type in certain keywords, you can really penetrate in people’s lives. Just look up “couple” and you will see selfies of couples from all over the world as well as the place where they live. It is either unsettling or fascinating, depending on what you see. It is funny how the same people (well, at least some of them) who were so worried about their online privacy a couple of weeks ago will still share so many personal informations online.