From the, ‘Hmmm?’ box, I was thinking about how the only Facebook application I still really use draws on the Wisdom of My Friends.
It’s Visual Bookshelf. I record what books I’m reading and what books my friends are reading.
And here is the social stuff – the wisdom of my friends…..
When more than one of my friends reads the same book, it tells me.
It assumes, presumptuously of course, that I may be interested in those books. They are my friends, we have common interests (probably) so if two of them…
Yeah, you get it.
I love it. Simple aggregation of individual actions, when they’ve got enough scale, enough activity, then we get filtered gold. I get the books that I have a fairly good chance of liking.
Might some good ones slip through because only one person read it? Yup, that’s the price you pay for finding goal in a big mountain of actions.
So I was wondering, what other social filtering, wisdom of my friends we could apply to find that gold?
* Travel – what places have all my friends been to?
* Music, Movies, TV, etc – Last FM?
* Products – GetSatisfaction could do that i guess?
What if they read a book (movie, resort) and hated it? OK, needs a voting system of some kind. Thumbs up, thumbs down would do.
But I think there is more on offer here. A real wisdom, a real value creation filtering through social aggregation.
So, applying the wisdom of my friends in upon itself, I’m hoping we can work it out.