Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
here's a selection...
EnemyBook is a handy app that you can plugin to Facebook and add people as Facebook enemies, specify why they're your enemies, and even become friends with the enemies of your enemies.
Next up is Hatebook, a Facebook clone that simply connects you to all the people you hate. Presumably their Supoerpoke equivalent includes "run-over", "shoot", "stab", "poison" etc
Finally, Snubster. This site enables you to create a list of people that you want to alienate yourself from - avoid them like the plague. You can put them to "on notice" or "dead to me".
This is all humorous evidence of a real issue with social software in that very few sites are able to reflect your social context within the confines of their technology. You don't want to be connected to 'everyone' and forced to share everything - most peoples social spheres consist of multiple sub-segments of groups (close family, not so close family, current colleagues, old colleagues, mates that live close by, mates that live abroad, etc etc). Technology needs to mirror how we communicate in the real world, notably enabling me to share different things with different groups - to fence these groups off from one another so that the lines dont blur.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
"Wonderful Jaiku users,
Exciting news, Jaiku is joining Google!
While its too soon to comment on specific plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the coming months to expand in ways we hope you'll find interesting and useful. Our engineers are excited to be working together and enthusiastic developers lead to great innovation. We look forward to accomplishing great things together.
In order to focus on innovation instead of scaling, we have decided to close new user sign-ups for now. But fear not! All our Jaiku services will stay running the way you are used to and you will continue to be able to invite your friends to Jaiku.
We have put together a quick Q&A about the acquisition at http://jaiku.com/help/google
Jyri Engestrom and Petteri Koponen, Jaiku Founders"
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Vodafone have launched 'InsideOut' for fans of SecondLife, enabling you to call and text within SecondLife and between SecondLife and the real world. So as your directing the construction of your new condo in ever-bright city , you can call and text people in the real world from your virtual mobile device.
Vodafone is handing out free HUD's (Heads Up Displays) from a Vending Machine in Vodafone InsideOut Island - they allocate you a virtual mobile number (currently a +49 german number) - and you carry the HUD around with you in SecondLife to make calls and text to other residents within SecondLife and people outside as well.
Until the end of November all calls and texts are free, although Voda reserve the right to charge from this point onwards.
The HUD could evolve to provide location alerts to other users within SecondLife, notification and live-streaming of real-world events in to SecondLife, and a neat monetisation model for online to offline communication.