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IDEA #6 additions – (adds user compatibility ratings; dating / event capabilities)

If you recall, this original idea (“a HotOrNot for interests”) was all about the creation of a very simple (on the front-end) website for users. As soon as the user comes to the website, they’d be asked a question and immediately start answering them — simple questions like, “Do you like peanut butter?” (like/love/hate) or “Do you enjoy reading books?” (like/love/hate) — then depending on these answers, we might dig a bit deeper into a topic. So if the user says they love to read books, we might ask — “Do you prefer non-fiction or fiction?”, etc.

idea6a-last-fm.gifThe addition: If you’re a member on the website, then you’re aware of the “music compatibility rating” that you have with other users of the website. Basically, you’re logged in and as you browse other user profiles, it will show you your music compatibility.

I propose we do something similar with my idea — everyone has a widget that they put on their MySpace page or blog, which says, “I have 481 interests” — a user can then click on that and view all of those interests. But more importantly, if you also have an account on, our widget will tell via a cookie on your computer who you are and then tell which user’s widget you are viewing. The widget can then tell you what your compatibility is with this user — and/or allow you to answer some more questions so that you can find out your compatibility with this user.

The widget might also say, “You’re single, she’s single, you two have high compatibility, and you live 43 miles away. Message her now.” So it turns into a bit of a dating widget / website.

Imagine also the possibility of events — I’m surfing blogs / MySpace pages, and can see on every user’s page/site if we’re going to the same events. It might tell me that I’m attending the same hockey game as this person — or same concert. Then I could initiate a message to the person. Every event could have a message board where you could also simply discuss the upcoming/past event.

  • Scott

    Hey Steve,
    I really like this idea. I watch alot of feeds on the net so I generally speed read everything. Even at that, I caught your idea and could see the possibilities right away. The viral effect would be Huge.
    Now the easy part 😉 How to execute the idea…
    BTW, my compliments on the Blog. Keep up the good work!

  • James D Kirk

    Steve P.,
    How about this for an addition to the since engine driving all of this is going to be doing a lot of db logging of each participants answers, that’s going to be set and ready. You’ve made several references thus far with the social aspects, specifically as they relate to potential dating/mate finding services.

    Something I’ve always wanted to see at those online dating sites is a true visual compatibility engine (women, I apologize in advance for any of you that will flame this post as being sexist, chauvinistic, or heaven help me misogynistic. But some of us men are visual some of you women might be to 😉 ).

    Apologies for the digression.

    If a (male OR female) user were to be at the site searching around looking at profiles of potentially interesting mates, why not extend the survey engine into those profile pages as well to better take advantage of the page view the user is performing anyway? This is how I’d see it going:
    1. Hit the site. Sign up, register, login in, all that jazz.
    2. After finishing your personal profile (and for heavens sake, don’t require the user to sit there for 90 hours to answer those 481 interests, but allow it to simply be an ongoing process), you have the ability to do some searches for whatever it is you might want to find similarities. And don’t forget that there might also be potential business applications for licensing out this ChoicEngine technology.
    3. To stay with Steve’s focus, the user is going to search for their type of potential mate. Criteria entered, search submitted, results returned.
    4. If you have spent any time at yahoo personals or or any of the other sites (including the mySpaces of the world) profiles now a days have photos of the profile owners. Usually just about as many as the site admin allows a profile to have.
    5. If the user is at that page, anyway, why not develop an aspect of the ChoicEngine that will somehow allow for visual choices in addition to answering questions that are check box/radio button answers. It’s all data, right?
    6. User has their own preferences as to what visually attracts them. Blonde, Brunette, Redhead, etc. Tall, short, thin, full figured, etc. Maybe other visual elements like freckles, coarse hair. As the user sees any of these elements in the profiles he is able to tag that image and an Ajaxy sort of drop down dynamically occurs when the mouse is passed over with a check boxed list of the attributes that the user likes. After seeing one or more of those attributes in the photo, along with a text input to record something new that might not be on the users previously recorded list, say piercings, the ajax form is submitted, and now we’ve begun to create a “Visual Digital Tag” that will produce mounds of data to help in the matching process.
    7. Now as the user begins to build up their preferences, and is traveling around the Net, they hit a site which is enabled (much like or on this site, the sidebar that marks my visit here). The Web 2.0 stuff in the background goes and checks the LLorH database and does an on the fly comparison of the site visitor to the site owner.
    8. Or if the visitor hits a community/social networking site, the comparison would be of the visitor to the community member’s profile that they are visiting with that page view.
    9. Like’s regular emails suggesting potential matches, the more a LLorH user interacts with the system, the better those matching emails will become.
    10. And don’t forget that this ChoicEngine concept is applicable to WAY MORE than just helping find one a soul mate (but if we could get this kick started soon, I could cancel my account and be a founding LLorH’er ;).

    I could be wrong, but…

  • Steve Poland

    I like this idea too — possibly let others give their opinions on your likes/dislikes somehow?

  • James D Kirk

    Just got caught up with my own feeder lists and had seen Pete C. review it. Guess I can throw away note to myself to come and add it to this post ;).
    I like it too, however, I’d add the feature to the preferences engine as opposed to using just that system.

  • Adam

    This idea has a lot of merit. It’s the best of the bunch on this blog in my opinion. I would like to see it deployed as a widget on blogs and maybe as a toolbar… Can we get toolbars that are extendable with this kind of functionality? Probably in firefox…

  • Steve Poland
  • Steve Poland

    This is the tech info regarding recognizing the user viewing a Myspace profile page.

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