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BroApp vs Romantimatic

2014-02-24 23:34:23.629459+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Compare and contrast:

On the one hand, both of them are focused on the same relationship issue, but somewhere in there is a strong disconnect. I don't for a moment dispute that BroApp is obnoxious, and I kind of think that Romantimatic is sweet, but I also think that Romantimatic is already somewhere along the continuum, and isn't solidly at one end.

It's also interesting reading the page about the development of BroApp, about the heuristics for not messaging while you're with your girlfriend, or if you've been messaged in the past hour, or... basically, trying to appear to be human, trying to pass the Turing test.

I have a set of scripts which help me manage my social media updates. I can schedule updates for the future. Once or twice I've gone in and removed a pending update because of the evolving conversation, and far more often than that I've thought about it. I also make an effort to send Charlene a message every once in a while telling her how much I appreciate her and, yes, have considered setting up something to remind me. I haven't yet done that, but I could easily see heading down that path, putting in heuristics, automating attention...

And then somewhere we're back into Turing test territory: Is this what AI looks like? Some set of heuristics and hacks to simulate empathy?

And if I augment myself by further building systems to help me do these things, and I probably well (After all, what's the difference between reminding myself that I should acknowledge Charlene's contributions to my life and reminding myself of any of the other tasks I should be undertaking), is, in the end, the difference between BroApp and Romantimatic just one of tone?

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#Comment Re: made: 2014-02-24 23:45:50.21931+00 by: gknauss

I'm obviously an interested party here, but I think the difference is one of intent: Do you want to pay more attention to your significant other, or less? Romantimatic is a reminder, so you can pay more. BroApp is an automated proxy, so you can pay less. There's a big difference in tone, too, but when it comes down to the base functionality of each app, and how it can be used, that's what makes the distinction for me.

#Comment Re: made: 2014-02-25 18:47:35.501696+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, one of the things that struck me about BroApp was: If you want to spend less time with your significant other, why are you still in that relationship?

But as I follow out the notion of doing nice things for my partner, I'm now reconsidering aspects: If I schedule delivered flowers (which I have not done in 15 years), that's got a lot in common with the scheduled SMS, in fact maybe even more so.

And if I were still an iOS user, I'd probably have installed Romantimatic. BroApp, not so much.

#Comment Re: made: 2014-02-27 17:39:36.016239+00 by: Dan Lyke

The inevitable MeFi thread.