3 weeks ago 1 year ago
This feels like a “To Catch a Predator” episode where Microsoft is pretending to be an innocent Twitter account totally just wanting to help and be cool. "Hi guys. I’m hip. I’m jiggy".

This feels like a “To Catch a Predator” episode where Microsoft is pretending to be an innocent Twitter account totally just wanting to help and be cool. "Hi guys. I’m hip. I’m jiggy".

2 years ago 2 years ago
If you want to drive a person mad in a fame culture, offer him only a little fame, the very least amount you can scrape up. This happens every day, but it happens in slow motion for novelists. We’re like the guy who gets voted off first on Survivor, except instead of departing the island we walk its beaches forever, muttering. Cite Arrow Jonathan Lethem on micro-celebrity
3 years ago
Based on a new patent application published today, it seems Apple has been exploring far more ambitious attempts using the iPhone, location-based services and interest matching. The result is the possibility that your iPhone could find you your next friend, business partner or date. Apple sets up the scenario in the patent filing:
Social networks are a well known phenomenon, and various electronic systems to support social networking are known. Growing a social network can mean that a person needs to discover like-minded or compatible people who have similar interests or experiences to him or her. Identifying like-minded people, however, often requires a substantial amount of and time and effort because identifying new persons with common interests for friendships is difficult. For example, when two strangers meet, it may take a long and awkward conversation to discover their common interests or experiences.
So, instead of “awkward conversation”, Apple proposes that individuals’ interests can be determined manually by questionnaires (interests, books, etc…) but also automatically by mining various data found in their iPhone device. You will be able to find others in your immediate vicinity that might match your interests and introduce yourself to them through your iPhone.

Common interests and experiences of two or more users located close to each other can be identified from content, including automatically created usage data of the mobile devices. Usage data of a mobile device can be created based on activities performed on the mobile device (e.g., songs downloaded), a trajectory of the mobile device (e.g., places traveled), or other public data available from the mobile device (e.g., pictures shared). (via)
(Editor’s note: And to think, I had to talk to Sam the old-fashioned way.)

Based on a new patent application published today, it seems Apple has been exploring far more ambitious attempts using the iPhone, location-based services and interest matching. The result is the possibility that your iPhone could find you your next friend, business partner or date. Apple sets up the scenario in the patent filing:

Social networks are a well known phenomenon, and various electronic systems to support social networking are known. Growing a social network can mean that a person needs to discover like-minded or compatible people who have similar interests or experiences to him or her. Identifying like-minded people, however, often requires a substantial amount of and time and effort because identifying new persons with common interests for friendships is difficult. For example, when two strangers meet, it may take a long and awkward conversation to discover their common interests or experiences.

So, instead of “awkward conversation”, Apple proposes that individuals’ interests can be determined manually by questionnaires (interests, books, etc…) but also automatically by mining various data found in their iPhone device. You will be able to find others in your immediate vicinity that might match your interests and introduce yourself to them through your iPhone.

Common interests and experiences of two or more users located close to each other can be identified from content, including automatically created usage data of the mobile devices. Usage data of a mobile device can be created based on activities performed on the mobile device (e.g., songs downloaded), a trajectory of the mobile device (e.g., places traveled), or other public data available from the mobile device (e.g., pictures shared). (via)

(Editor’s note: And to think, I had to talk to Sam the old-fashioned way.)

3 years ago 3 years ago
4 years ago
Roger Ebert, taking film recommendations from me? And that, my friends, is how I achieved legendary nerd film guy status.

Roger Ebert, taking film recommendations from me? And that, my friends, is how I achieved legendary nerd film guy status.

4 years ago