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SocialGrid is a dating service using Google,

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 08, 2004

SocialGrid is a dating service using Google, blogs, P2P, etc.. Best part: “The patent application claims coverage of basically all complex objects, including people, in almost every country.”

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jkottkeJan 08, 2004 at 10:33AM

The entire “Warning to Copycats & Clones” is great:

“We have retained one of the top intellectual property law firms in America. Everything is copyrighted and trademarked. The patent application claims coverage of basically all complex objects, including people, in almost every country. We will marginalize every profit margin. There is no money to made in creating another ID coding system. The world needs only one system. If necessary, we will donate SocialGrid and the patent to Google to insure one standardized coding system. Any copycats and clones will have to answer to Google.

“Do not compete with us. Join us and become a partner.”

Here’s the founder’s home page. He finds that he’s too smart for most of his dates, is very clinical about his dating, reaches for the sky, and plays the Power Game.

Is this for real or is someone taking the piss out of the whole social software meme?

JenJan 08, 2004 at 1:08PM

It’s all very “Resistance is futile.” And drat, I wish I had this earlier, it’d save me many failed relationships (soulmate, mentor, employer or employee, client, investor, or friend) and keep me sheltered and pure as the driven snow.

As for the founder, I want write a movie around him. His dreams: “Find my wife and raise extraordinary children.” “Make my wife and children the happiest people in the world by making all their dreams come true.” “Win a Noble Prize (either peace, economics, or medicine).” “Own a Porsche 911.”

ShawnJan 08, 2004 at 1:24PM

Seems to me like someone with a Phd in “Pharmacy” would spell it “pharmacolgy,” but what do I know?

JonJan 08, 2004 at 1:46PM

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He used to use all the letters in words but found that doing so prevented him from devoting 100 hours a week to his businesses. Through the use of an artificial intelligence program he designed, he was able to remove extraneous (my word, he would use “extra”) letters (or “lets”) from his sentences, thereby enabling him to pursue his objectives better.

The same program suggested the replacement of the phrase “ball and chain” with the more streamlined “soulmate”.

Peter CaputaJan 08, 2004 at 1:59PM

I am looking for a GD1 GP2 MS5 CO123 ST4567 CT34567 ET1234 LG125 GL6. I am a GD6 GP6 MS6 CO234 ST456 CT5678 ET4567 LG125 GL8.

The idea is actually quite clever… and maybe way before its time.
Has anyone registered, etc to see whether it’s for real.

Peter CaputaJan 08, 2004 at 2:02PM

I just registered. There’s quite a few bugs, but he has the making for the service way beyond a hoax. Here’s the message after registering…

I have been sick with the flu for the past 3 weeks so I am a little behind on getting the application out. The application should be available by January 12th, 2004. In the meantime, please feel free to look around and post your comments.

RossJan 08, 2004 at 4:12PM

Soon to be integrated with the National Anti Terror System.

FirasJan 09, 2004 at 1:18PM

It’s actually kinda stupid. Wow, geekcode for a whole personality. Search for the code on—wait for it—google. bah.

MikeJan 09, 2004 at 1:40PM

I love the lengthy “Reasons for Still Being Single” section of his “Fequent [sic] Asked Questions” category. Especially “My Lack of Demand”. I wish I had thought of that.

CamiloJan 09, 2004 at 2:09PM

Looks to me like a giant register for more spam in you email account.

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