First it was MySpace (or probably something else I am unaware of) and then Facebook and Twitter came along. There’s plenty of other sites like these, none of which are as popular as the aforementioned. But if you watched The Colbert Report last night on Comedy Central, you would’ve seen the newest of these sites: Blippy.com.
Blippy was founded in December 2009 and it allows users to share the purchases they make at online stores. A member registers a credit card with their account and the site does a “status update” (a la Facebook and Twitter) whenever the person uses that card to purchase something at the most popular online stores.
The list of stores includes iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Blockbuster, GameFly, StubHub, eBay, and GoDaddy. The information on the credit card is never shared, just what you purchased. For example, a Blippy update looks like the following:
MichaelStreet spent $0 at iTunes
- Words with Friends, v3.06 (App)
Below my purchase status, you’ll see a “comment” and “like” button similar to Facebook. But my intention in writing this blog entry is not to profess my new-found love for this website. In fact, I don’t have an account and really don’t see the necessity in having one.
I am writing this to wonder why, America? What’s the need for this? I hear people constantly complaining about the information available on the internet and this adds a new dimension. Everything in our lives revolves around computers and electronics. It’s possible social networking sites will replace face to face interaction one day.
I’m fully aware of my personal dependency on computers. But doesn’t it come to a point where enough is enough? I’m not a paranoid person worrying about who might or might not be monitoring me in cyber space for I have nothing to hide. However, I do wonder, is Uncle Sam out there or maybe even psychic spies from China? It turns out George Orwell was pretty insightful back in 1949 after all.