Friend Tracking

Thanks to cell-phones, coz you don’t need to put on chip detector in your hubby’s body just to find out where he is. Three months ago my hunk invited me to join Google Latitude, which I could use for viewing which city and which street my hunk was in, including its map. I said it was an interesting application, coz I didn’t live with him, so it often made problems for me to find him out. I meant, if he was on X Street, I could ask him for buying me fried duck. Or if he was in the market, I could ask him for buying me smoke fish. (It remains..it’s all about meal wishlist! :-p)

Screenshot from Google Latitude. Photo from http://gadgeteer.org.uk

But then I found out that this friend tracking by cellphone wasn’t as cool as it looked. Google Latitude was only applicable in cellphone, while my cell wasn’t sophisticated enough for using Latitude. (Made me suddenly wanna buy a new cell.)
Then, my hunk’s condition in Latitude didn’t always tell the truth. For example, if he went to mall and updated his Latitude, then the Latitude would show that he was in the mall. But if he left the mall, went home, and forgot to update his Latitude, then until forever I would always assume that he was still in the mall and I would be confused why he didn’t go home, coz I only viewed him in Latitude without contacting him directly.

Yesterday, I check my cell’s pulse, then suddenly I received notification from my cell operator that I could track my friend by pressing *250#. The instruction said that I should register the name of the friend that I would track, and then the operator would ask the friend’s permission that I wanted to track him. If the friend allowed, the operator would text me that the friend was around X Street, on Y City. If I would love to, the operator could just send me MMS, attached with the road map where the friend was. I just need to pay the SMS or MMS. Isn’t it cool, huh?

Well, I said to my hunk, “Dear, if I use this, I don’t need to ask you anymore where you are.”
I just worried that if I rang him, he was driving and he couldn’t resist to answer my phone. Although I just wanna know where he was, if he’d already got lunch or not. I didn’t like if he talked by phone while he was driving, it was dangerous.

So I register my hunk’s name. And it was so glad to get info where he was, although the notification wasn’t really accurate. The map that operator sent me showed that my hunk was in K Road. I called my hunk and he said that he was having breakfast at home in L Street, and the L Street was the branch of K Road. That’s silly, the phone’s BTS tower seemed not able to track the area that specifically.
And by the way, the SMS notification from the operator charged me about IDR 1000. While if I text my hunk to ask, I just needed to pay IDR 120. It was so overpaid only for satisfying curiosity.

I think this technology makes our life was more comfy. But immediately I aware about its big loss, it’s separating interpersonal relationship.

Actually, I phone my hunk not to find out where he is. It doesn’t matter for me whether he’s in mall, he’s at home, or he’s drinking egg tea with his partner, it doesn’t make difference to me. I ring him coz I wanna listen to his voice. His voice is entertaining and it relaxes me to notice that he’s fine.
When I text him to ask him where he is, it just covers my expression that actually I miss him. I just wanna tell him that in this big big world, there’s someone who cares about him. And waiting my phone vibrated by his reply text is a romantic sensation which nothing compares to it.

And I hate, if this friend tracking technology by phone circumcises the sensation.

I won’t use the technology too much. If I have desire, I will phone, text, or mail, or anything, and I don’t wanna use robot to find out where he is. And I don’t wish anybody except my hunk requests to track me. Coz, in the world where anybody else can find us out easily, I still wanna have a space for myself.

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. fahmi!
    May 10, 2010 @ 04:33:32

    Ahahahahaaa… To find out the accurate location of your hunk, you might want to buy him a new gadget with GPS feature. LOL!

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  2. Asop
    May 10, 2010 @ 07:47:46

    Hey, teknologi ini bagus juga. 😀

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  3. tukang komen
    May 10, 2010 @ 17:06:14

    none of that technology can be accurate, the first one we need to update it by our self, the second one the BTS didn’t know precisely where we are. I think, the accuracy is belong to the national security department, and as the civilians we can’t use it. Coz, everybody need a privacy.

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    • Vicky Laurentina
      May 10, 2010 @ 17:41:35

      Then I’m curious about a thing, Mas Triyono. Can National Security track my position by forcing my cellular operator to find my GPRS signal? It may hack my privacy, although. But it’s useful to catch suspected criminal, isn’t it?

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  4. latree
    May 11, 2010 @ 10:11:33

    I’ve tried *250# once and got a message the service was not available at the moment. It was just my curiosity and I decided to just forget it. I don’t think it is important unless you are a spy 😀

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    • Vicky Laurentina
      May 11, 2010 @ 12:16:28

      Excuse me, I don’t notice you use my cell provider. 🙂

      It’s useful, Mbak Latree. For example, you can use it to find your kids who’ve been playing on the street and haven’t been back until this minute. 😀

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  5. Ceritaeka
    May 12, 2010 @ 13:30:04

    Hahahha.. reading those 4 paragraphs I was thinking “what’s goin on w/ our doctor.. being slaved by the curiosity” 😛
    Glad u came up with a good conclusion. Like it.

    Personally, I don’t like the google latitude service. Though hubby insisted me to use it, I rejected politely. Baby.. where’s the trust?
    Anw.. the sweetest reason ever for calling is.. juz wanna hear ur voice 😉

    *melted…

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    • Vicky Laurentina
      May 12, 2010 @ 13:55:10

      Well, it’s not about curiousity. I just couldn’t stand up while he wasn’t in my hand, and I didn’t know where he was and what he was doing. Isn’t it different from curiousity? 😛

      Anyway, I used Latitude to search him yesterday. I found him on a mall. I texted him, “Baby, what da heck are you doing at the mall?”
      He replied, “I’m at home now.”
      I said, “But the Latitude said you were on mall.”
      He said, “I was at the mall yesterday.” (two days ago)
      That’s when I found out that this friend tracking feature was driving me crazy. 😀

      Come up, I need to trust him. Coz without trust my hunk, I can’t trust myself. So.. friend tracking? Bubbye.. :-h

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  6. Ariyanti
    May 16, 2010 @ 14:47:18

    Aplikasi ini pernah ada bertahun2 yg lalu di operator GSM yg gw pake… Dan gw pake buat ngecek lokasi cowok gw (yg waktu itu gw curigai lg ada affair sama cewek lain). Yg ada bawaannya curiga mulu… Hehehee… Gak tau dh sekarang masih ada apa gak layanannya… Anyway, emg udah gak butuh juga sekarang 🙂

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  7. rio
    May 16, 2010 @ 21:25:32

    ternyata lebih murah tanya langsung ke orangnya via sms ketimbang dapat sms dari operator 😆

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  8. didut
    May 17, 2010 @ 08:36:08

    @Fahmi & @Vicky : saya pikir tricky juga tp patut dicobalah wahahahahhahaha~

    Reply

  9. risdania
    May 17, 2010 @ 10:59:17

    saya sih males ama aplikasi yg beginian,,yg ada kena mulu kl lg bilang drmh tyt lg jalan -_-“

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  10. Simon in Indonesia
    May 18, 2010 @ 07:24:42

    Hey Vicky,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

    I signed up to google latitude with my girlfriend a few days ago. Neat idea but you’re right when you say it’s not accurate.

    I followed her by map when she was on her way to work yesterday – in a non stalkerish way :p and her icon kept going north into the Madura Sea. Anything I should know???

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