Social software about things
Not really concerned by the web2.0 frenziness, I still have a look at all these social software that pops up everyday. Recently, two of them caught my interest: Mythings and Wakoopa (what a name!). Let' start with the former:
"MyThings is, an online service that helps keep track of belongings—when and where they were bought, for how much, the services provided with them, and their value. We offer useful services and deals, such as valuations, accessories, warranties, lost and found, and product updates and information. Why catalog your things online? For many reasons! Perhaps you want one safe place to house all those details—you know, the random receipts and warranties you’ve stuffed in a shoebox or in that famous junk drawer. Or maybe you want to better manage your things—like when you need to upgrade or replace certain items, see what’s missing in your favorite collection, or time which wines to drink within the year. Or perhaps you want to know how much your cache of valuables is really worth. It can be any of these things but the point is with MyThings, you can have peace of mind because it is safe and secure and can be accessed anytime, from anywhere.
So what’s in it for us? We think that as consumers we’re bombarded with product and services information. But we also know manufacturers, retailers, and other sellers want to offer a better way to provide their services to you. With MyThings we provide that option based on your preferences. We can all appreciate when the right offer or information comes to us at the right time—such as rebate information when you trade in your old MP3 player for the latest model.Or how about when an auction house has an interesting sale coming up of 1960s comic books? Even when someone is ready to sell their porcelain pug dog collection. You get the idea.
MyThings is an infomediary, a trusted third-party between buyers and sellers."
As a side note, this is very close to the "my space of things" we discussed last year at the 2nd blogject workshop (and in my talk with Julian at Reboot 2006).
The latter has a similar purpose, except that it focuses on "digital artifacts", i.e. software.
"Wakoopa tracks what kind of software or games you use, and lets you create your own software profile. Ready for you to share with the world. Why? Because what you use on your desktop is who you are.
With Wakoopa you know what software you've been using, and how long you've been using it. But you also get updated when a new version comes out, or somebody writes a review about your software. Wakoopa allows you to share your software usage and your opinions about software. Just invite your friends to view your profile, or put a widget on your own site. If you still don't know what anti-virus program to use, or what games to play, then just look in our database. We know what the cool kids use! Browse by tag or category, it's all there."
Why do I blog this? an interesting link here between social software that focuses on things, digital or physical. don't know whether this will take off but that's an intriguing attempt.