The Facebook Application that Predicts your answers
- Saturday Sep 18,2010 08:34 AM
- By Mr. Facebook
- In Facebook Apps
There is a new application out for us Facebook users called ‘Predict A Matic‘, that will study your profile, wall posts and other general things regarding you. It will then ask you questions, and will predict your answer. The scary thing is, it is almost 100% correct, at least with boring simpleton me.
It asks yes or no answers most of the time, mostly about things you would normally post on Facebook. Things such as ‘Have you bought new clothes this week?’ etc. These don’t seem too impressive, but it then delves into more detailed questions.
One particular question was ‘What do you do at the Park?’ and the answers included, playing team games, exercise or socializing with friends. Now I cannot for the life of me see how they could figure that out via my Facebook posts. But it got it right. I do just socialize with friends.
Now I didn’t know I was so simple and predictable. In fact I thought myself quite the opposite before using this application. However, it turns out that I am overly predictable. Hunch’s ‘Predict A Matic’, got 91% of my answers correct compared to the average of just 75% correct rate for non-US residents.
I even attempted to lie to ‘Hunch’ and Hunch seemingly knew I was lying and replied with the answer that is true about myself. Okay I admit it, I don’t spend $7 on shampoo. But please, Hunch don’t act like its obvious.
Hunch also released a Twitter App before this and determined people who follow TechCrunch, a technology blog, are surprise surprise more techy that the average person. But it went on to claim that they bought some flowers in the past 6 months and buy birthday cakes from an upmarket cake shop, not your average WalMart.
Yes it is scary to an extent. But at the same time it reminds us of how much we post online on a daily basis. If a computer can tell what you are going to say in response to questions; that proves that you post a lot of info online. And that is not necessarily a bad thing, but provided it is only to people you know in real life, and not just some random guy living halfway across the world to you.
Sorry for that little privacy rant, but I do believe this will come out to be an application to remind us of how high our online presence is.
Check out the application over on Facebook, and tell us if you were overly predictable or a very random person in the comments.