Jun 3, 2006

Sideways Socializing

I'm starting to form a theory of why sites like Last.fm, and Dogster are such great ideas. It has to do with the fact that there are plenty of people who really want to connect socially to others obliquely through a shared interest rather than straight up. It narrows the beam a bit but there's still such great variety in the selection of "people who like dogs" or "people who also like these seven bands" that you're bound to connect with a few different but interesting-to-you people. More thinking needs to be done here but I like what I'm hearing. In my head.

4 comments:

Jeff Clavier said...

Hey Biz. It is also a safer way of discovering people through their passion, the latter being the center of the conversation.

Hope all is well...

Ted R. said...

Word. It makes it so much safer. Can you imagine the day when you're using Photoshop and you can click 'Who is using the tool right now that likes to help people' and connect thru to a kismet peer? Imagien if it was while reading the Times on line or Listening to an audio show online (j.k. Odeo's got that! ;)

The term I've been using is Object-Centric Sociality. .

Ted R. said...

The link I tried to post was .

Ted R. said...

Grrrr, it's here:

http://www.spideysenses.com/2005/08/09/object-centric-sociality/