Familiar Strangers


via Smartmobs:


“Intel’s Urban Atmospheres research group released Jabberwocky, an intriguing mobile phone application designed to help people visualize, explore and play with their encounters with groups of strangers in day-to-day urban life.”


It would be nice to have a Six Degrees of Separation layer on this.  Scenario: I’m in Singapore – there on business for a couples of days but don’t know anyone there. Got a couple of hours to myself before the meeting starts, so am roaming down Orchard Street, looking for a good bookstore for the flight home.   Phone buzzes and informs me the best friend of a friend of mine is at the same Startbucks I’m at.  I introduce myself (via IM on my Smartphone) and we meet in the realworld 5 seconds later….I ask if she knows any good bookstores.


Comments (4)

  1. I do not need a friend for this. I do need a trusted source of information. An expert database. With a good friend I`d rather have some Dim Sum at China Town…

  2. Alex Barnett says:

    Yes, but a db doesn’t have eyes as nice as hers… 😉

  3. Write. But DBs don`t lie.

  4. eh, sorry, I meant: RIGHT