proceed: your mobile making friends

As my phone might collect quite a lot of IDs (though the option to switch it off should exist), for the simple reason that I meet a lot of people, it could easily become a large database with no meaning. So some more contextual information will help to determine the kind of contact:

date and time: A contact in the morning is more likely to be a professional one, than one of saturday night (who knows…).

frequency: The more often I meet a person the more important she might be to me. In a different perspective: Although I might think of her as irrelevant she plays a dominant role in reality.

context: Choosing the expected intention of an event manually or letting the device copy it over from my schedule might give a hint to the question why I met that person.

others: When I get to see a group of people a whole bunch of IDs will be collected. As I might know some already (i.e. they exist with a more detailed entry in my addressbook) I can guess on the person’s background more easily.

With all this information collected from my daily life it could be extended even more when linked to online social networking platform like openBC/friendster/myspace/etc. In fact there remain few political (do the networks want it) and technical questions (apis) but in the end this physical-to-virtual connection would replace the typing in of people’s names in the search interfaces of online communities.

Another idea is that my phone could become a kind of social assistant. It could remember me of birthdays and other important personal dates right then when it becomes urgent, when I am about to shake hands with the person.

And I might have rated my contacts (that’s quite usual for humans) so my mobile could notify me (secretely of course) if a “loved” or “banned” person comes close.

3 Responses to proceed: your mobile making friends

  1. tomek:

    Maybe you should think about a feedback function, to see when you are selecting id*s, because you mention abouve an “on/off” button, so actualy the other person could have switched his phone (or this application) off but you don*t know because you don*t get any feedbacks.
    Further more I think it would be help full to store the place where you met the person also. A other function could be to synchronise this application with your time schedule.

  2. Larissa Pschetz:

    Hey Hannes, really nice idea! But I didn’t understand why you don’t consider the topic “location” among the context information topics… Once you consider that the mobile phones should meet to share information I think one important topic related to this social history is also “where”.

    A personal situation let me think about it: I have always met nice people by climbing (travels or not) that doesn’t have anything to do with my quotidian, and sometimes they even don’t live in the same city as me. We normally change numbers to arrange a meeting, but when one of them call me, I need to ask some questions to discover with whom I am talking to. In this case, showing which people we have met in common will be less helpful (although quite funny) then a location reference (instantaneous). This situation may be quite different: it is about a person I met that is not part of my quotidian and not a person that is part of my quotidian and I haven’t met. But in both situations I still think it would be nice to know “where”… 🙂

  3. Hannes:

    Yes, your right, Larissa. Actually, there is a lot of other context related data that could probably be helpful (like your activity status, your appointments, …)
    I left the location away because it might require extra input (GPS/Galileo). On the other hand the network cell your phone is logged into could provide for your location and it would be precise enough (as mentioned in Utilizing Mobile Phones as Ambient Information Displays). To differentiate cities it is sufficent, of course!
    Thanks for your feedback and your personal scenario!