Organic Social System...

by admin Administrator
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Just curious if anything like this exists?

If not, I definitely think it or something like it should be created..

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First of all, I would do away with the usual "web page" like facebook and others have. Those are really getting boring.

When you logged in you would see something like a bubble in the middle of your browser. Only a bubble. That bubble would be you.

A person could click on the bubble and it would expand about 3 x 4 inches to show a little more about you, a little larger pic, some interests, location..etc.

If one wanted to know more there would be a link in the area leading to your main profile page.

Now here's the thing, everyone who signs up answers a very smart and detailed list of interests, hobbies, favorites..etc

Something sort of like what eHarmony does.

The goal is to create seriously close matches.

Here's the cool part - when you log on you see your bubble in the middle, then you see other bubbles, some are inching their way TO you while others are inching their way AWAY from you.

Those bubbles immediately around your bubble are people who match you and your interests perfectly. They are even close to you, same town or nearby towns.

In the background the system is always working to bring those people who match you closer and closer to your spot in the middle of the page. As more people sign up some bubbles will move away from you while others come closer.

The further away the bubbles are the less compatible you are.

Something like this, to me, seems far more valuable than having 5000 friends, which is completely impossible. You will never have 5000 friends.

5000 FANS maybe, not friends.

You can't communicate with 5000 people except in one direction. You to them. Which makes them fans, not friends.

Something like what I described would allow you to discover people close to you that you could connect with. People who like and feel about things the same way you do. It would be easy to form local clubs using something like this.

It just seems to me something like this would be far more interesting than FaceBook, which I rarely log in to.

So does anything like this exist?

Allen
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanT
    I'm not sure if something like that exists but maybe you should copywrite it before it does!!

    Haha It's definitely a different approach then I've seen before.
    The old myspace, facebook web page is just tired.

    good post though it's definitely got me thinking
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    • Profile picture of the author admin
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      Originally Posted by RyanT View Post

      I'm not sure if something like that exists but maybe you should copywrite it before it does!!

      Haha It's definitely a different approach then I've seen before.
      The old myspace, facebook web page is just tired.

      good post though it's definitely got me thinking

      Doing it crossed my mind, but I'm just not that motivated..LOL!

      But if one of you does and Google buys you out for 100 Mil I will take my Million any way you can get it to me. Check, wire transfer..etc. :-)
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      • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
        Originally Posted by admin View Post

        Doing it crossed my mind, but I'm just not that motivated..LOL!

        But if one of you does and Google buys you out for 100 Mil I will take my Million any way you can get it to me. Check, wire transfer..etc. :-)
        Then outsource it. I guess you'd have to outsource it, anyway.

        But still... how can you not be motivated? Letting your self get lazy
        in your (doubtfully) advancing years?

        Wanna do it? You finance it, I'll run it. I can run it - no problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author admin
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    By the way I already know I'm insane but that's beside the point. I still would like to know if something like this exists :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Hasan Barbary
      Originally Posted by admin View Post

      By the way I already know I'm insane but that's beside the point. I still would like to know if something like this exists :-)
      Your description reminded me of the Music Plasma visual search tool. They changed the site to LivePlasma now.

      Have you seen it? Just type in the Beatles, or Peter Gabriel, or somebody with a bunch of diverse influences, and you'll get a fascinating "bubble map".

      Apply those algorithms to social networking, and you're on to something.
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      • Profile picture of the author admin
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        Originally Posted by Hasan Barbary View Post

        Your description reminded me of the Music Plasma visual search tool. They changed the site to LivePlasma now.

        Have you seen it? Just type in the Beatles, or Peter Gabriel, or somebody with a bunch of diverse influences, and you'll get a fascinating "bubble map".

        Apply those algorithms to social networking, and you're on to something.

        Very cool...thanks for showing this!
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    • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
      Originally Posted by admin View Post

      By the way I already know I'm insane but that's beside the point. I still would like to know if something like this exists :-)
      Sounds like Allen been reading up on the cloud thing they are building in the U.K. .. That is what I thought of when you mentioned bubbles.

      Sounds like a neat idea....

      James
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      • Profile picture of the author admin
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        Originally Posted by TheRichJerksNet View Post

        Sounds like Allen been reading up on the cloud thing they are building in the U.K. .. That is what I thought of when you mentioned bubbles.

        Sounds like a neat idea....

        James

        Got some info on it James?

        I haven't heard of it. I have heard of cloud servers/hosting :-) I actually thought about putting this forum on one when it first went up but that's fairly new stuff. Figured I'd let other people try it out first.
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        • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
          Originally Posted by admin View Post

          Got some info on it James?

          I haven't heard of it. I have heard of cloud servers/hosting :-) I actually thought about putting this forum on one when it first went up but that's fairly new stuff. Figured I'd let other people try it out first.
          Yeah this is what I thought of when I read your post ...

          the CLOUD - raisethecloud.org - london 2012

          Yet something else google is backing and even offered free advertising for the project ...lol

          Video for those that miss it

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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    The only possible issue with this is that sometimes opposites attract.

    I like those who think like me, but I can only take so much before I need to explore someone to get a bit feisty with.

    I need others to push my buttons a bit and make me think about the way I think.

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      Originally Posted by avenuegirl View Post

      The only possible issue with this is that sometimes opposites attract.

      I like those who think like me, but I can only take so much before I need to explore someone to get a bit feisty with.

      I need others to push my buttons a bit and make me think about the way I think.


      I was thinking of it more like being able to find people close by with the same interests. I suppose it could be used for romantic hookups too :-)

      Maybe the "interest list" should be private in case you're a little kinky. You'd be able to find all the kinky people nearby :-)
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Twitter "sort of does it" with a very watered down version.

        At one point, I'm not sure if it was something that I signed up with through the service, but it wanted to recommend people to me based on who I was already following and who was already following me.

        I got 3 pages of internet marketers that it recommended I follow.

        Now, if those people had seen my bubble and had just decided to follow me, it could have been very interesting.
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  • Hi Allen,

    The exact way you described it, I'm not sure -- but there are a number of sub-communities which do implement what you mentioned.

    I.e., a number of virtual communities (second life, imvu, etc) have modules within them in which other users can interact with each other, develop closer friends based on certain attributes, etc. And yes, of course there are the dating sites which to some degree already have that implemented (i.e., e-harmony), but not as pretty (i.e., no pretty pictures of bubbles ). Other social networks, like linkedin, classmates.com, etc do the same kind of thing, but for a very specific purpose.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    I kinda like the random aspect of social networking...

    Being connected to people by interests, is a little predictable for me. If I like fishing, then next guy who likes fishing might be a complete raving loonatiq... or he might think I am..

    Dunno, just my initial thought after reading the OP.

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      Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

      I kinda like the random aspect of social networking...

      Being connected to people by interests, is a little predictable for me. If I like fishing, then next guy who likes fishing might be a complete raving loonatiq... or he might think I am..

      Dunno, just my initial thought after reading the OP.

      Peace

      Jay

      Then click the ban link on his bubble and keep him away from you.. :-)

      Millions definitely wouldn't like it. But I bet millions would. Same with any site, like facebook, millions don't like it, millions do.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        lol, they would all pile up into a bubble trash heap in the corner with a banner over the top that said "banned camp."

        You can do that with twitter too - if you come across someone you don't want to see your updates, you can block them from being able to follow you.
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    There are many things that could be done with something like this that I didn't mention.

    Just one example:

    I like Cuban Cigars. I wouldn't mind finding 15 or so people near me who also like Cuban Cigars, to possibly create some sort of club or get together, which many people who love Cuban Cigars do.

    Right now, there is no simple way for me to find them. There could be 100 close to me and I will never know it.

    You could go into your "interest list" and remove everything except your location and your Cuban Cigar passion and all the people (bubbles) near you with the same passion would come 'gather around' you. Then you simply make the contacts...

    Later you could fill all your interests in again. Or it could even be set up so you could have multiple 'interests lists' and you could just choose which one was active at any time, depending on what you want or are looking for at the time.

    Like all Internet Marketers near you...etc..
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    • Profile picture of the author fitz10
      Originally Posted by admin View Post

      There are many things that could be done with something like this that I didn't mention.

      Just one example:

      I like Cuban Cigars. I wouldn't mind finding 15 or so people near me who also like Cuban Cigars, to possibly create some sort of club or get together, which many people who love Cuban Cigars do.

      Right now, there is no simple way for me to find them. There could be 100 close to me and I will never know it.

      You could go into your "interest list" and remove everything except your location and your Cuban Cigar passion and all the people (bubbles) near you with the same passion would come 'gather around' you. Then you simply make the contacts...

      Later you could fill all your interests in again. Or it could even be set up so you could have multiple 'interests lists' and you could just choose which one was active at any time, depending on what you want or are looking for at the time.

      Like all Internet Marketers near you...etc..
      I recently tweeted about a new Foursquare app called Gatsby that essentially does this. You write in a few of your interests then Gatsby gives you a list of people in your geolocation area who have the same interests. When Gatsby finds a match between two people in the same area it will send a text to both parties letting them know they are a match. You can then contact one another if you'd like. I thought it was a little creepy, but I'm sure others will find it useful.

      A more substantial explanation of Gatsby is Mashable: Gatsby: Connecting Foursquare Friends Who Like Cats and Circuses
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by admin View Post

      You could go into your "interest list" and remove everything except your location and your Cuban Cigar passion and all the people (bubbles) near you with the same passion would come 'gather around' you. Then you simply make the contacts...

      Later you could fill all your interests in again. Or it could even be set up so you could have multiple 'interests lists' and you could just choose which one was active at any time, depending on what you want or are looking for at the time.
      Rather than removing and re-adding interests, how about just being able to select which interests you want to search for compatible friends with? Go to your search bubble (why does Spongebob come to mind right now), check "cuban cigars" from your list of interests, and click a Find button. Then your geo-interest-matching bubble buddies float up from the bottom to the top like real bubbles would.
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    • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
      Originally Posted by admin View Post

      I like Cuban Cigars. I wouldn't mind finding 15 or so people near me who also like Cuban Cigars, to possibly create some sort of club or get together, which many people who love Cuban Cigars do.
      First, I lost the Game

      Now, I like the idea allen.

      The link posted by Hasan about LivePlasma could indeed be a basis for the interface for this kind of social network.

      It is true that the typical "web page" interface of social networks is starting to become "boring" just last night I was ranting to the wife how boring the interface of one the biggest social network is but then I realized that the primary reason why I find it boring is because I don't have enough friends in there yet as opposed to my wife who's got quite a few already..She always find something to do in there..

      So, my point is this, having a nice and revolutionary interface for a social network would indeed be interesting but in the end it would still be up to the one using it to make it engaging.

      Add a fool-proof and easy way to create connections, make new friends and make way for easier interaction between users (similar to a forum where there are central threads for interaction with all users) with your idea of a revolutionary interface and that would a be killer app.

      All the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    Oh my god...IF something like this actually existed, I would forever be clicking bubbles because the SUSPENSE of not knowing who was "in" that bubble would drive me insane!

    "Why is that one moving away???" {click}

    "Look, there comes a new one!" {click}

    Oy...just what I need, another distraction! lmao
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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    Think it's just a wireless broadband network. Not sure if
    this is what he was referring to...

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  • This concept could also be implemented as a Facebook application (only because Facebook is already used by millions of users) as affinity bubbles between friends, this could really go viral if people start seeing and sharing their bubbles with their connections.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    I like the bubble idea. I use Yelp.com a lot and have got know tons of people because of common interests. I see this as something similar but more real time. It's kind of like Yelp.com meets Meetup.com meets Facebook.com.

    I've never heard of anything like this though. Sounds interesting.....
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonboom
    If you don't like the person, you could just "burst" their bubble.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonboom
    This idea does remind me of iminlikewithyou . com, but I can't seem to find their application anymore. It was a clever "game" based dating type site, where you answered questions about your location, age, preferences, etc. then were set in to a playground of sorts. I just passed through one day, just because of the art detail. It was a truly visually stunning site. I'm not quite sure what happened to it though.
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