January 31, 2007
This is by far my most fanciful idea blogged about yet! No marketing here (which is interesting - as most of my blogs have been marketing related despite the fact that I’m a scientist and have no marketing background what-so-ever).
If you’re like me, you’ve often asked yourself after saying or doing something, “What if I had said/done X instead of Y?” Well, WHAT IF you could at least get a response (either before or after) based on probabilities and characteristics of the person or entity you said(say)/did(do) X to?
The idea is that there’s a website/service that collects information either via a personality test or likes/dislikes and a test that posits a situation and gathers the responses. In this way, a database of likely responses based on personality could be built up. Then, you as a subscriber to the service could query, either before or after, WHAT IF, I had done/do this, what will the person/entity say? How cool would that be? No more wondering, hmm should I ask this girl to a movie or a walk in the park (maybe very useful for the socially-challenged).
A spin-off of this could be related to one of the ideas that’s always floating around out there in the ether. Easy ways to connect with/meet new people at social hangouts. You have your mobile device with your music, websites, facebook profile etc. on it and see someone you want to go talk to. Both devices being equiped with WiFi or Bluetooth, instead of going up to the person cold with no idea what they like and having to ask yourself WHAT IF? afterwards, you could find out from their mobile device what bands/books/movies they like and have an immediate ice breaker.