Back in the 1980s when I worked in retail I noticed that people were influenced by other people in their purchasing decisions. Many times people would change their decisions simply because the person next to them decided on a different camera. We are, even as adults, influenced by what others near us buy.
So that’s why I was interested in Wantlet, which mixes social influence into shopping decisions. You ask your friends whether you should buy a Nikon or Canon camera, or if you are a woman, whether this dress or that dress is better.
I used to really be into chat rooms, but since blogging, twittering, and Facebooking came along I found it just wasn’t that interesting to me anymore. There were better, and more focused ways, to talk with people about things I cared about.
But Leah Culver thinks she can build a future for chat with her new company, Convore, and fix some of the sins that older chat systems have. Funny, the engineers at Rackspace love IRC too, just like she does. But that’s pretty geeky. Can she get the rest of us to join in?
Based on the new people who are inviting me into Convore chat rooms it definitely has a chance.