Craigslist Missed Connection of the Day

Okay, technically this is a housing ad, but it seems like this dude really missed a connection somewhere in life. Plus he puts apostrophes between the decade and the s.

$300 / 450ft² – Beautiful quiet small (SEATTLE)

professional male in my mid 40′s
with 450 square feet of loft style
all with hardwood floor
would share with a easy going
responsible female 30′s-40′s
perfect ad for those who want to
relocate to the seattle area
street parking and laundry on site
rent includes utilities
lots of storage, serene beautiful
non smoker non pet owner
with references
$300 includes utilities

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Craigslist Missed Connection of the Day

I don’t know why im doing this, you probably won’t see it. Here’s hoping you do. You were with a few of your friends at the cafe 24/7 at Wild Horse Pass Casino early Sunday morning around 330 or so, one of your friends had a crown on, u had on jeans a teal shirt, I walked in and ordered and the employees asked me to do something so I walked out and when I walked by you all got quiet. If you know who I am message me and tell me what color my shirt and tie were, if you were at all interested.


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On Facebook’s Graph Search

Facebook’s recently announced Graph Search may have more far-reaching implications than it would seem at first blush. For one, this is the beginning of a significant challenge to Google’s long-standing and unrivaled dominance in search. While FB’s Graph Search will no doubt take a good while to hone—that’s a whole lot of data to sift though, assuming that Facebook can get its mobile-user experience off of life support, the direction could prove disruptive in numerous and sizable markets.

For example, Mashable points out that “a new search engine that lets members use natural language to pull up recommendations for people, places and businesses from their social graph”—which could quite clearly jam its foot in the door of competition with anyone from Google to Yelp to Amazon’s recommendation bot—can now also scout the gates of the considerable online dating market in a way that no other online presence ever has. Again from Mashable:

Facebook reps demonstrated several uses for the product, ranging from recruiting to searching for restaurant recommendations. Then, at one point, a Facebook employee stood on stage and searched for “friends of my friends who are single and living in San Francisco.” With that simple line, Facebook asserted itself as a potentially big player in the future of online dating.

Now I should preface the rest of this post with the following caveat: As any regular reader of this blog will know, I am by no means a Facebook fanboy, in fact these days I consider deleting my account on a daily basis. That said, there’s no denying that with the network’s user tally and its boundless repository of personal data that it can’t strong-arm its way into just about any large-scale market it wants.

Big data has been scary for a long time, but for the first time it seems possible that it could be used in such a personalized way. I’ve always been fond of saying that algorithms have no accounting for taste, but with this move—taking the universe of data on the internet and channeling it through your social ties—even if they’re only virtual—Facebook is taking them a baby step closer.