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Two Bad Ideas Prove Popular

Sometimes I marvel at my fellow man. What he thinks is a great, neat, and super-cool idea, I find to be stupidity squared (S²). Sadly.. instances of this happen every day.

Example #1: Color

“Color, the brand-new but already controversial free mobile app released on iPhone and Android devices today, has already turned off plenty of potential users. What does Color do? It taps into your GPS to find your location and shares photos that you took with other users—any other users, not just your friends—who are within a 100-foot radius. It’s voluntary in the sense that you have to download and install the app in order to use it or be included in what other people see, but once you’re in, you’re in, with little ability to limit who sees what.

Guardians of online privacy have been shaking their heads all day. Meanwhile, eager early adopters are throwing their privacy concerns to the wind and snapping photos left and right of anything at all (and from what I’ve seen, little of substance; such is the elation to try the thing out)…”

See, What Color Will Need to Win Us Over: Creativity

Example #2: Omegle (aka “an anonymous chatroom”)(There are others, too)

Omegle is a great way of meeting new friends. When you use Omegle, we pick another user at random and let you have a one-on-one chat with each other. Chats are completely anonymous, although there is nothing to stop you from revealing personal details if you would like.”

(Parents.. you do not want your kids on sites like this, read this. [and yes; “chat” includes “video chat”…])

Both of these are popular. Why? So people can ask other people, “A/S/L” (age, sex, location?). It’s about sex.. and “hooking up“. With Color, someone can snap a picture of themselves, and transmit it to strangers 100′ feet from them.. maybe one of those strangers will want to have sex with them.

And, someone, somewhere, can show advertisements on these sites.

Meet new friends. Show ads. Brilliant!

Bonus! Example #3:

(Maybe this explains some of the HR people I’ve heard about…)

Bonus bonus: 3-D smartphones ditch the glasses (3D smart phones???)

Orlando, Florida (CNN) — After a lukewarm reception from television buyers, 3-D technology is pushing its way onto small screens.

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March 25, 2011 - Posted by | advice, Internet


  1. Good grief! :-D


    Comment by IzaakMak | March 25, 2011 | Reply

    • IzaakMak,
      I try not to be “negative”, but sometimes.. I get the feeling the lunatics are in charge of the asylum…


      Comment by techpaul | March 25, 2011 | Reply

  2. To those who believe these sites are just too much fun…….go get a proverbial life. What a waste of time, energy, and intelligence (making a big assumption here).


    Comment by mustbekidding | March 26, 2011 | Reply

    • mustbekidding,
      I am not sure what to say, or add, here..

      I mean, I don’t see anything wrong with having some fun in your spare hours.. But “chatting with strangers”, and meaningless “hookups” are .. um, risky behaviors IMHO.


      Comment by techpaul | March 26, 2011 | Reply

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