I would say most of us at some point have posted pictures of our cats on social media, Facebook, Instagram etc…but did you know that it is possible for someone to pinpoint where your cat lives on a Google map?
A Kickstarter campaign, that was fully funded, by Owen Mundy an artist, designer, programmer and Associate Professor in Digital Media Art at Florida State University created the site called “I Know where your Cat Lives“. It shows how we really relinquish our rights to privacy by posting on-line, and this case your cat is giving you away.
“I Know Where Your Cat Lives is a data experiment that visualizes a sample of 1 million public pics of cats on a world map, locating them by the latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in their metadata. The cats were accessed via publicly available APIs provided by popular photo sharing websites.”
An interactive map allows you to view a “random” cat from somewhere around the world, or be more specific and look them up by country, city or street. I was curious and looked up my city but did not find any of Spinner. If the idea of having strangers look at your cat and possibly find out where you live is a little freaky don’t worry, you can have your cats picture removed from the site.
“The way you would go about doing so is by increasing the privacy settings of the photos of your furry feline friends. Then within 30 days your photos will be gone from our site.“
There is even a cool overview of Cats by Country chart so you can see top cities from around the world.
So what do you think? Creepy or cool? Does this make you think twice about sharing a picture of your cat? Leave your comments below.