If Bats Had GPS, Would Vampires Check In?

18 Apr

Of course, bats DO have GPS. It’s now possible to tag bats with a GPS data logger that weighs 2 grams. That’s less than a penny. Scientist are using them to track bats’ resting behavior and their foraging patterns. In fact, scientists have even used GPS topography technology to map bats’ teeth and correlate it with diet. Bats are fairly location-enabled these days.

Vampires are a different story. I’ve yet to hear of a study tagging them to learn about their foraging habits (as useful as that information might be) and I thought they valued their privacy too much to check in to places. Turns out I was wrong. 163 people have checked into the Vampire Lair in San Franciso, 267 people have checked into Bar Sinister in Los Angeles. And that doesn’t even count blood banks.

To be fair, I found not a single checkin when I searched for “crypt” or “coffin,” so clearly vampires are canny about the drawbacks of revealing their locations while asleep. But a discussion of the most plugged in vampire, iDrakula, recently speculated, “Too bad the count himself was too busy ferrying boxes of dirt to his cavernous Manhattan apartment to bother with an unlimited data plan that would’ve allowed him to better reach out and bite his pursuers.”

If even the undead are getting more comfortable sharing their location, can the living be far behind?

CLO recommends you read iDrakula. Location-based services are no longer a pain in the neck, but our friends from Transylvania still are.

Get it at http://www.amazon.com/iDrakula-Bekka-Black/dp/1402244657/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302923881&sr=8-1

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2 Responses to “If Bats Had GPS, Would Vampires Check In?”

  1. dave spector April 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Rip:

    If you thought vampires might be reticent to check in and publish their location, try to imagine why these guys would ever want to let folks know their whereabouts?
    https://foursquare.com/venue/12979507

    (free bologna sandwiches to anyone who checks in from here)

    Dave

  2. Rip April 20, 2011 at 4:13 am #

    Mobile users check in, but can they check out? I see no mayor has been elected there yet. Thanks for sharing.

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