The Fine Line Between Creepy and Fun

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 3, 2010 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in St. Johns


Social software is kind of a big deal right now. In the open-source spirit of transparency and dissection, let's talk about what makes social technology creepy, what makes it fun, and how to hack things to maximize your desired outcome.


From targeted advertising based on your site profile or browsing habits, to checkins on geolocation services like Foursquare or Gowalla, we know we’re putting a substantial amount of personal data out there for others to use. And as developers, we may find ourselves stumbling into hot button areas we don’t know how to handle.

We’ll explore personal data usage and try to sort out what elements create creepy or fun outcomes for the user, then talk about how to hack together experiments that reveal collisions between our underlying assumptions and how data is actually being used.

Attendees will take away a better understanding of why people share personal data, what they expect to get from it, and how not to be so creepy (unless that’s what you’re after).

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