Meet People with buddystumbler :: IM Exchange

BuddyStumbler Logo ResizedBuddystumbler looks to be a good site to meet people with similar interests. I think this service has a lot going for it in that it is simple and to the point along with one of the simplest sign ups and set ups that I have ever seen. I especially like the idea of tagging yourself for others to find.

When I landed on this page I was not sure what to make of it. But it gets straight to the point. A search box with a few operators to choose from. Such as male or female and age range. The search is something a bit different in that you are not searching for a name but rather by keyword, for potential friends. I thought it was a lot like tagging, tagging people. I searched for podcasting and podcast, I was disappointed to find that there were none. But then the site is fairly new and in beta. So not populated with the volume needed, yet.

But I like the idea. I don’t have that much time to keep up with the on-line contacts that I do have let alone create some more. But if you unlike me are looking for new friends then this is a great idea. The idea of searching for keywords or tags to find friends is an interesting concept. This is related to the sign up which allows you to write a brief description and then tag yourself as many times as you think necessary. Keywords that identify your interests, hobbies, personality and whatever else you can think up. You then input your username or names from Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL or all of them.

The meeting bit involves the exchange of IM names only and both parties have to agree. No other information other than the instant messenger user name you designate is exchanged. The rest is up to the people involved to chat via their respective IM clients. I think this is smart because the site has done the job and you pursue a friendship or contact away from the service. The inclusion of a shoutbox on your profile helps get things started if you don’t necessarily want to exchange usernames straight away. It does sound a bit like an on-line dating service, potentially it could end up like that but hopefully not.

Say I was new to podcasting and I wanted to find some new friends that would talk podcasting with me and give me some support in my new venture. This would be a great place to potentially find someone like that. This process is actually quite difficult otherwise and requires a fair bit of effort. You can search other places, email other podcasters and use services like Skype and search for users with descriptions that interest you. But this cuts to the chase and makes that a whole lot easier. The other advantage is that users of this service are expecting people to want to meet them and are more likely to respond. Better than the effort of an email which might result in being ignored.

The only way that this service is going to get better is for it to be populated, at present it is a bit limited. With the IM services having their fair share of spammers and idiots I can really see people needing and wanting this type of service. With that I think once the word gets out this will appeal to certain users and groups. Slick interface with a simple premise and ease of use it has appeal.

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Six Degrees Hits the Web

Not sure if this has been done before but it is the first that I have seen of anything based on the premise.

Six degrees of separation is the theory is based on the following premise:

“The concept is based on the idea that the number of acquaintances grows exponentially with the number of links in the chain, and so only a small number of links is required for the set of acquaintances to become the whole human population.”

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The site Knover is based on this hypothesis and touts itself as “The Ultimate Place to Learn About People”. I am not sure of that but it is a very interesting way to learn about individuals and their connections. In the database are the details “Covering 16347 of the Web’s Most Mentioned”. It ranges from Bill Gates to Tina Turner, so it covers a lot of topics and people.

You enter a name on the left and a and on the right, with auto-complete to boot. If the results are going to be any good to you they need to be in the database and while it covers a lot of people it is by no means exhaustive, so if the auto-complete is not making suggestions then it they might not be there. Then click the “How” button.

So Bill Gates is connected to Tina Turner by 3 degrees. From here you can select the individual profiles of the individuals that connect these people or you can click the “Why” button to see why they are connected. In this instance the next person is Warren Buffett and there are 204 documents to support this connection. A nice touch is the inclusion ofrelated video, powered by YouTube.

So you can work your way throught the connections to see who got us to Tina Turner (it was Oprah Winfrey). But you can also request that the search makes stronger connections, this often involves more people in the chain but that makes it more interesting.

The concept is one that I find very interesting and the added information that is provided is a great tool to find out interesting facts and associations. Including the fact that I found myself trying to find the most unassociated people to try to trip it up, I have failed so far. I also had the thought that if you were stuck for ideas to blog about this might be a good place to start, base a story on some weird connection that people might not know about.

Go ahead be diverted who knows you might just learn something.

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