By Lauren Reno
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming huge in recent years. You can find an explanation of the IoT here, but basically, it means connecting with “things” via your smart phone. This can be as simple as opening your garage door, or viewing how many miles you’ve driven recently, using apps.
What we’re seeing now, is that social media companies are noticing how popular the IoT is becoming, and they’re more than interested. Social media companies are planning to start making the IoT available to their users through them, rather than through the apps from which they are currently available.
I am wondering what it will be like to be able to use my mobile Facebook app to turn lights on in my house or change the temperature of my refrigerator. What’s the point?
The IoT seems to be extremely helpful, and people are loving how convenient it is, but is it safe to depend on social media sites to open your garage door or control your child’s virtual piggy bank?
According to an article about this by Forbes:
“Over the past few years, location awareness features have become critical for social apps, and as it turns out the things in our lives can provide an amazing amount of information about both us and our surroundings. By integrating with sensors in ours homes, the wearables on our body and with the car we drive, these services will have a better understanding of where we and those in our network are, as well as a better contextual understanding of what we are doing.”
You can read the rest of the Forbes article here.
It seems that people these days are already very concerned about social media companies and other companies such as Google knowing information about us. It seems that it would be very invasive for social media companies to have this type of information about our daily lives through the Internet of our “things.” So is it invasive? Or does the convenience of the IoT make up for it? And is it useful for social media companies to control the Internet of Things? What do you think?