By Kevin Lizarazo
Imagine watching the latest horror suspense movie in a rather futuristic theater with your friends. The movie is the run-of-the-mill crazed-stalker affair: the stalker sits at their desk, pouring over pictures and details of their target. What if those pictures were of you and those details were your addresses and phone numbers? What if all of your friends, also watching the movie, saw themselves as well?
Creepy, right? The technology to do that isn’t too far off. Take This Lollipop, a website that has gone viral, does something very similar. Through some creative talent, the website offers to show you a short video in which a peculiar-looking man sits in an old, badly maintained room with a computer. As he types away on his keyboard, the jump cuts give you a glimpse of what he is doing: hacking into your Facebook profile. Once he gets access, he goes through your photos, looks up your location on a map, and eventually decides to drive – presumably, to you. Your profile picture is taped onto his dashboard.
The website, which does a good job of creating a horror movie starring oneself, is meant to be a public service announcement of sorts: be mindful of what personal information is published on social media, for it could be misused.
Personally, I thought it was novel. I think this can open up some serious potential for the horror genre. Even if you’re the toughest-shelled human being on the planet, it would indeed be a rather chilling thing to see yourself cast as a victim in a movie.
For those who can’t handle the eeriness of Take This Lollipop, perhaps giving Intel’s Museum of Me website a try could be fun. The site does the same thing: it combs through your Facebook profile, mining data where it can, and presenting it in a virtual museum centered around your life, or what’s published of it, on the social media network.
Again, it’s novel and a cool way of looking at how your life plays out on the social media field. Perhaps companies and studios might want to take a look at how profitable this level of interactivity through social media in film and video could be. The narcissist in me is excited.
Barring any nightmares, of course.