Make A Wish

22 06 2012

They are the bane of our Facebook existence. Friend Requests are fine (well, most of the time). Shared pop art, while often lame, is still acceptable. Heck, even the ads are OK.

But really riles us all up are the incessant invites from people to join their app. No, not games. Apps…like MyCalendar, Flixster, BirthdayCalendar, and BranchOut. I ignore them. All of them. I appreciate the “invite all of your friends” sentiments,” but no thanks.

Today, though, was different. I received my first invite to join Wish, an app whose tagline reads “Discover products you”ll love. Share with friends. Unlock special offers.”

Well, if that doesn’t have “Marketing” written all over it, I don’t know what does.

Basically, it is like a digital hope chest (hmmm…I think I have said the same thing of Pinterest before also). But Wish takes it a few steps farther by keeping tabs on the things for which people are pining, and then tries to negotiate deals with vendors to help connect all the dots (and credit cards). Naturally, Wish stands as an intermediary ready to take its share of the transaction, an agent in the newest sense of the word.

At first blush, this may seem like a valuable service. Let’s take our consuming desires (wait, maybe it’s the desires that are consuming us!), make them social so others can tag along, and then see if we can broker a deal on a truck load of them. Everyone wins, as the Wish website happily proclaims.

I am not sold yet, though. Why should we tell the world (and Wish, Pinterest, et al) everything we want? They are not Santa Claus, and in fact will unleash all manner of insidious marketing attacks upon us. It reminds me of one of Gary Larsen’s best Far Side comics. “Bummer of a birthmark, Hal, one deer says to another.

So why paint the bullseye on ourselves then?

My business sixth sense says this app just might fly, though. It is human nature to want to share our wants among friends. The question remains whether we will do it on Facebook, because that’s the only way this app works.

As for me and my invite, I declined. Nothing against my friend. I am just not into FB apps. I mean, unless, I go on to develop one of my own. I’ve got a few ideas, and more than one of them center on photography.

Hey, have I told you about the new camera I want?

Dr “Canon EOS-5D Mark III” Gerlich


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