Network names

Apparently the stories have been circulating for some time about creatively named wifi networks, but I must have missed the memo. So when I saw this whilst standing at the bus stop today it amused me. A bit of googling later and I found that this is a common practice and that there are several websites which collate the best examples – this bbc article gives a good overview. It’s quite interesting to note that a lot of the wifi network names are actually messages to neighbours, presumably people find it an easy way to communicate in testy or awkward circumstances.

It got me thinking about the quote which Amy discusses on her blog. Could this perhaps be an example of a transductive relationship between human and technology? The fact that the message crosses physical boundaries (house walls) is also interesting when considering the notion of transliteracy.


2 Responses to “Network names”

  1. Giraf87 February 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    and of course the wifi networks are all padlocked. So although an invite, a clear warning that this space is ‘secure’, and you will only get in if you have the key….!

    I don’t have an iPhone but I believe there is a ‘find my friend app’ that lets you ‘invite friends’ that are physically nearby, bypassing this padlock, offering endless positioning (surveillance?) on a map.

    • Steph Carr February 17, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      I have seen that some of the novelty names go along the lines of ‘don’t nick my wifi – get your own’. So very clear messages of privacy and exclusion!

      The find a friend app is spooky definitely. I guess what it does do is free you up from answering the ‘where are you?’ texts

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