View Full Version : Gawker.com Launches 'Stalker' Map

03-21-2006, 05:16 PM
ou know it's hard out there for a celebrity — even Geraldo's not safe.

The popular blog Gawker.com has launched a new "Gawker Stalker" feature that pinpoints the locations of readers' random celebrity sightings on the Internet, using a Google map of Manhattan.

"It would be horrible and terrible and the end of Western civilization as we know it if someone were to take the Stalker sightings that have been on Gawker for years and start displaying them in graphical form!" the sardonic site said in a recent entry.

"What sort of evil Nazi deviants would do such a thing?"

Gawker, which had been posting map-free "Stalker" sightings for two years, is now digging in its heels against famously protective celebrity publicists. They're complaining that the cheeky feature encourages creepy stalking, placing the rich and famous in harm's way with just the click of a mouse.

"Not at all," the site's editor, Jessica Coen, told The Associated Press Monday. "Our spies are just regular people ... people that are excited to see someone they like. Our readers are, for the most part, a very educated, well-meaning bunch."