Wednesday, 25 August 2010

MessageParty: making the social anti-social since 2010

Is it just me, or is this advert for MessageParty slightly depressing in a post-apocalyptic, 1984-meets-iPhone kinda way?



It’s for a chat application that is pitched as location-aware.You can have a messenger conversation with a group of people at a conference, check in with people in a bar and talk about football, chat to people at the bus-stop about the weather...

Hold on a minute, isn’t that what basic human interaction is about?
 
This product to me is the antithesis of what social media is about. Social media should always supplement real-life interaction, not replace it. I can’t think of anything more depressing that standing at a bus stop in total silence, typing about how much I like cats and football to somebody stood next to me who I don’t even know, and probably won’t even see again. That’s not conversational, that’s just vomiting useless personal information.

Also, if I was making a presentation and a load of people were engaging in an IM conversation whilst I was presenting, then I think that I could safely assume that I’m not doing a good job, but also that if they have a strong opinion, they’re not very good at expressing it, and would probably prefer to snark about it to somebody they’re trying to impress two rows forward.

Whichever way you look, it's certainly the opposite of the cheery, leaf-kicking corporate image they're trying to put across...


Messageparty: Officially the most boring party on earth? Prove me wrong...