Microsoft Shows Off Spindex Social Aggregator

Microsoft FUSE (Future Social Experiences) has unveiled Spindex – a service they like to term as the impossible project”. Spindex is a social aggregator that pools data from Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, RSS, and Bing. In Microsoft’s own words, Spindex allows you to “communicate with your friends wherever they are”, quickly spot “what’s new, what’s popular” and “see personalized trending topics”.


If the official description didn’t catch your fancy, then I don’t blame you. At first glance, Spindex seems to be awfully similar to at least a dozen other content aggregators out there. In fact, the screenshot on its homepage instantly reminded me of Threadsy. However, Microsoft promises that Spindex is not just a social reader. Apparently, it has an algorithm that will scan your social data and try to make sense of it. I am not sure as to what they mean by that, but let’s hope it’s not just typical PR mumbo jumbo. Because, unless Spindex has some real innovation behind it, it may flop like numerous other Friendfeed copycats.

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Chatroulette Map: Mashup of Chatroulette and Google Maps

Chatroulette’s popularity has skyrocketed over the past few weeks thanks to the widespread media coverage. At the moment, you can love it, hate it, but just can’t ignore it. The basic premise of Chatroulette is simple – it connects random strangers for a two-way webcam chat. Although the officially stated purpose of the site is to simply meet and befriend random people from different corners of the world, like most things on the internet, it is used by many for cheap titillation.

Chatroulette Map is an interesting mashup of Chatroulette and Google Maps. Chatroulette utilizes a P2P (peer-to-peer) connection between to users for communication. Hence, determining the IP address of the user on the other end is not too hard. Chatroulette Map grabs the IP address and screenshot of random users and uses Geo IP database to obtain the approximate location of the user.


Techie Buzz Verdict

Chatroulette Map does not serve any real purpose, but neither does Chatroulette. It is an interesting mashup, but the morality of taking screenshots of unsuspecting users and using them publically is dubious. In fact, one of the biggest attractions of Chatroulette is anonymity. However, if services like Chatroulette Map take off then unwary users may be in for trouble. Don’t forget to let us know what you think about Chatroulette and Chatroulette Map.

Techie Buzz Rating: 1.5/5 (Average)

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