April 11th, 2010
How much information are you willing to make public in order to improve your social networking experience? With the introduction of Foursquare and other location-based services, we started publishing our precise location data, and now with Blippy, our friends can see our credit card purchases as we make them.
What capabilities might the next social networks have to “improve” our intimacy with our online friends? I imagine it might go something like this*:
Creddy is a social network that makes your FICO credit score available to all of your social network friends. They can see things like your current debt, your income-to-expense ratio, your credit card balance and interest rates, whether you’re over the limit, and whether your account is current. As you make purchases and pay bills, friends can see your score go up and down, and they can comment on various items on your account, offering information that credit agencies might use to adjust your score. Leveraging the interfaces and functionality of both social networking and bookmarking sites, friends can also click “Like” or “Thumbs Up” on credit report items like “John’s account is 120 days past due.”
Pollygraf, as its name implies, is the truthful social network. Users are equipped with a USB polygraph device and each status update includes both the user’s direct polygraph readings and a guess, generated by a proprietary algorithm, of the truthfulness of the post.
How many times have you wished a friend could go with you to a doctor’s appointment? Well, with Doxx, all of your friends can come with you (if you have an iPhone or BlackBerry). Doxx lets your friends see your medical records, and lets them know in real time when you visit your doctor, what the doctor’s specialty is and details of why you’re visiting. In an attempt to monetize the service, premium users can, for $7.95 a month, see periodic posts of your vital signs and live diagnoses. Doxx plans to add polling this summer, so that network friends can vote on diagnoses and help choose courses of treatment. Crowdsourced medical care may be the answer to our current health care crisis.
Why leave your social network access and experience behind when you’re in the bathroom? (I know, most of you don’t any way.) I’m not sure exactly what features Dubyacee will have and I don’t think I want to know. But some imaginative Web 2.0 entrepreneurs are working on it.
*These networks don’t exist (unless I just missed the announcement on Mashable.) I wonder what else is coming. Any ideas?
Thanks by the way to Dulcita Love for helping inspire this post.