Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Facebooks for Enemies

So you set up your facebook account and connect to all your buddies, but what do you use for those that you detest, hate or want to diss?
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.

1 comment:

BIff said...

You're bang on there Jimbo. The technology doesn't rightly mimick the multi-layered cake of friendships and relationships.

Furthering that thought, they're also way too rigid. Someone is either 'this' or 'that' in existing technology. Relationships are fluid, they blend in to each other, blend out, combine, separate. Much like a lava lamp. I know this is virtually nigh on impossible to emulate online, but considering SOCIAL CONTEXT before considering POKE would be a great start!