Spock 21:07 on Saturday

Spock seems like an interesting concept. Yet I’m left wondering, is it interesting only because it’s about trust, which in itself is interesting? And after all, is it only just as much about trust as Facebook is about friends?

I have now played with the service for maybe one hour in total, and my “Spock power” outranks such luminaries of the Spock community as Asd Asd. By adding a few tags and sending trust requests to other Spock users identified by the LinkedIn importer, I’m already on the Spock Power Leaderboard, ie. one of the top 1000 users of the service. And this is a service hyped by the great minds of web 2.0 hype world over.

I can’t quite wrap my head around it. What do you think of Spock?

Update: Sorry for those I spammed with Spock invites. This is what Spock says during the LinkedIn import:

You have XX contacts already on Spock that you can add to your Trust Network.

So I, wrongly, assumed these contacts had Spock accounts. On the next screen you’re allowed to invite people for whom Spock has incomplete search results. That import sequence sounds intentionally misleading…

4 Responses to “Spock”

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  3. Aleksi Aaltonen Says:

    At least I was happy get your spam!

    Your concern how much Spock is about trust is perfectly valid. My 400+ Facebook contacts are my friends only in a very loose sense. This is not to say that Facebook would not be useful for certain tasks. However, after playing around with Spock for a while I still don’t see how I am going to use it.

    I hope Spock developers don’t take the idea of codifying trust too seriously as this may very well lead the development astray – like what is happening in Facebook to some extent. I am afraid trust is something that evades attempts to codify it or such codifications can always be circumvented. Personally, when it comes to trust, I still believe in unmediated face to face interaction.

    The development of Facebook serves a fair warning. The service that is excellent for expanding and keeping in touch with the outer edges of your network is becoming a spambot cluttered with annoying extensions.

  4. Niko Says:

    Totally agreed.

    As a sidenote: I don’t have a spam problem with Facebook. I’ve toggled out all notifications and everytime I get a new app request, I go to the app page and block it so no further requests will appear. With 400+ friends I get zero email from Facebook, and one new app request per week on average.

  5. Kenneth Udut Says:

    Kenneth Udut (me) is hooked on Spock. If you think at all outside the box, you can start to see possibilities with Spock that would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, using any other service.

    For example, I created my own “reunion.com” or “classmates.com” style linking for members of my very very tiny high school. We all knew each other, I verified their information – not using a boring old email address but by other information, such as knowing that this Alvarez was the same guy I went to school with rather than the 37 other Alvarezes with the same name that did not. I recognized his eyebrows and where he grew up from another profile. I linked to him, found his myspace page, sent him a message and blammo, we’re found friends again. This would have been very difficult otherwise.

    I’ve been finding co-workers of mine from the past. By linking them together as related by being co-workers, I created my own tiny little Linkedin. Now it’s not with an official name, just through using nice, easy loose tags. No joining required. Nothing elaborate. Just utilizing the easy, clean interface of spock.

    Look me up.