A device for maintaining orientation. Goodness we all need one. Among the many places it would be handy is in our online social interactions in which our work chums, families, friends, casual acquaintances and those with whom we share our double lives are scarily co-mingled.
If we were minded to we could do Facebook for friends, Linkedin for work, A Small World for posh friends, Twitter for – actually not so sure about that – and Second Life for the alter egos of all of the above.
That possibility is neither practical or very satisfying – thus the need for the Social Gyroscope ™. Its role is straightforward. Whoever you connect with, regardless of when or how, the SG orientates all of your other contacts and places them in a neat hierarchy of relevance and frequency of connection and also provides a handy “oh shit” filter to prevent accidental combustible interactions. As a consequence you have the right folks on hand all the time on any device and any network.
Thus far the Social Gyroscope is in alpha test only and its prospective users will have to continue to rely on a remarkable but slightly unreliable device called the human brain for a while longer. First round funding anyone???