As Facebook roled out its new Verbs tool, permitting developers to incorporate “high level social actions users can perform,” it became quite obvious that the war was on to capture up all that data from the ‘Action Space.’ While Foursquare lets you share where you go and apps like Staround let you share what you think, Denis Harscoat of DidThis wants to know everything – he wants to know what you do.
When I first met Denis back in September at the Pirate Summit, I was intrigued by what he told me. He said that people want to do things, and they want & need people to encourage them. When we go on a diet, we tell everyone and their mother about it, in hopes that they will encourage us and keep us on track if we should lose our way. When we share with people what we’ve accomplished, we feel validated, and we want to be validated by others that what we’ve done is important – we can all attest to having a bit of the Me Monster in us.
DidThis’s app is still in its early stages – bug fixes, minimalist interface, and a lot of seemingly unnecessary typing – but early adopters can be assured that there feedback suggestsions are being heard. DidThis is currently looking to be one of 5 startups that will pitch at Start In Paris on November 7th – you can vote for them and other startups here.
There is no doubt that the ‘action space’ will become an important one in the next few years. More and more apps will be looking to gather data on various aspects of our lives, now that our social lives are online. Apple’s integration of Siri into its iPhone 4S (yeah, i just bought one) brings us even closer to a fluid interaction between our real lives and our internet lives – the real question is: once I can effortlessly share my every action, who will be best fit to gather this data?
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