It is a humble compliment to see how Yahoo!, Facebook and now Google have found the USP of our concept valuable.
FriendCircle was the winner of Yahoo! University Hackathon – HackU 2010 at IIT Bombay in October.
Yahoo! intended to use it in their products but we don’t really know how they’ve done it.
Facebook, in a few months had a small feature with a rather inconspicuous and not so convenient UI on their news feed settings which allowed the user to show more of <friend>.
Google, has recently released Google+ a new social networking platform with one of its USP based on Friend Circle. Though we have been a few steps ahead, they do seem to be heading in a similar direction:
Want to try out FriendCircle? Leave us a note.
(on behalf of my HackU team:
Sumit Somani, Mayank Singhal and Gaurav Toshniwal)
June 30, 2011 | Categories: Technology | Tags: Facebook, Friend Circle, Google, Google Plus, Hack U, Hackathon, IITB, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Social network service, User interface, Yahoo! | 3 Comments
Have hundreds of acqaintances? Tried of the irrelevant newsfeed on Facebook and find it difficult to manage?
My team recently developed a simple Facebook app that analyses your friend circle and identifies who is important to you. We believe future models of Social Trend Analysis and Personalized Marketing will target such information.
It automatically figures out who’s important to you using carefully researched heuristics. It saves you a lot of effort! And just in case we are wrong, we even allow an intuitive interface for you to modify your friend circle.
We were surprised with the initial results! Hopefully you will be too! Especially, if you’re single 😉
We did this hack in 24hours. The project is still at alpha. Needs some work before we want to release it. At this moment its an invitation-only access. If you would like to try it, leave us a note!
(on behalf on my Yahoo! HackU team, Mayank Singhal, Gaurav Toshniwal and Sumit Somani)