Blippy: Telling the World About the Stuff You Buy

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Blippy: Telling the World About the Stuff You Buy

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Are you a desperate attention whore with a credit card and no sense of discretion? Then maybe you should check out Blippy, a new social networking site that tracks your buying habits and shares them with the world.

I just don't get it. Has the concept of privacy become so alien to the average mouth-breather that nothing in their lives is exempt from being broadcast from one end of the internet to the other? Do we just not care any more about the kind of information we put out for the world to see, not just with our knowledge but with our blessing? And why do so many people have this need to share the dull banalities of their day-to-day lives with everyone around them anyway?

Behold Blippy, a new social networking site that takes that concept to a whole new extreme. Users create an account, attach their personal financial information to it and then sit back and watch as their every purchase, online and off, is posted in Twitter-like fashion for all the world to see. Online retailers like Amazon, Netflix and Woot! can be linked directly, while banking and credit card information can also be entered, allowing the site to track and list purchases no matter where they're made.

"Typically what people do is they connect one credit card to Blippy, and then the rest of your credit cards are private," Blippy co-founder Philip Kaplan told CNN. "So when you buy something that you think is vaguely interesting - it could be from a restaurant that you are at, or, you know, getting a bagel for lunch, or literally just buying gas, something that's not private - you use your shared card, your Blippy card, and it's automatically shared with your friends."

Kaplan was a little evasive when asked about the site's potential for abuse. "The way that we say it is, the worst thing that could happen is you're totally boring. There are people on the site who all they do is buy gas and groceries. Maybe that doesn't look great for them, you know. They should go to a restaurant or a bar or something," he said.

"I bought a bunch of holiday gifts for my wife on Blippy and they all showed up on Blippy," he continued. "She was like, 'Oh my god, I love you. Thank you!' It was fine! You know. It was a new way to give a present, in a way."

What exactly that has to do with protecting the security of your personal finances is beyond me, but it's pretty clear that Kaplan isn't too concerned about keeping his life hidden from prying eyes. In response to people who worried that their dildo purchases might show up online, he said, "I actually went to a store called 'Does Your Mother Know.' I said, first of all, the store has to have a name like that so everybody knows what it is. So I found a store with a name like that in the Castro section of San Francisco."

"So I went to that store and I bought a sexy gift for my wife, and of course it showed up on the site," he said. "And it was funny! I didn't really care."

I'm not sure what I find more distressing: The fact that people are willing to hand over their credit card information just so they can keep the world abreast of the stupid crap they buy, or that people think the rest of the world cares about the stupid crap they buy in the first place. It's a mindset I just cannot get my head around, although I suspect that the philosophy of "I didn't really care" figures largely in it. I also can't help but wonder if maybe this is all some kind of weird social experiment to see how much people are willing to give up in order to be at the cutting edge of the latest online hipness. Whatever the case, Blippy is one social trend that I won't mind missing out on - and I sure won't be above pointing and laughing if it all comes crashing down on someone.

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well thats intresting... Though im not so sure I want people to know everything I buy...
I dont have anything to hide but it seems a bit stakerish.

Hurray, the internet has ruined Christmas!

It looks like Twitter and Facebook put together. And then added more pointlessness Didn't think that was possible and yet, here is the proof

Why the hell would I want to put my financial information onto a social networking site?

Thats fucking stupid. Worst idea ever!

The only thing i like about his is that you can link your cards and if one of them got lost or something you'd see where and when something was bought by the thief.

Thats the kind of site i'd be trying to make not this wierd ass, look i bought a dildo im hip, site.

Looks like they wanted to get in on the social networking action but all the good ideas were taken.

Why I am thinking of zombo-com after reading that?

Sir Ollie:
Why the hell would I want to put my financial information onto a social network site?

Thats fucking stupid. Worst idea ever!

Yeah...want to get ripped off quickly? here is the answer!

I... fuck it. I can't even think of anything more to say about how stupid the minorit- too much wishful thinking, majority is. Pitiful.

Kind of Ironic...

People freak out when the Government tries to monitor their population a little, they then freak out.

Then there's people like blippy users.

Funny contrast.

Why why why why why why why why why why. It's obvious what is going to happen. Someone is going to hack someones account and get their details. Stupid motherfuckers.

I can imagine it when they get popular:

Blippy: Tell Us About Crap You Bought.

We either don't care, or are planning to rob you!

... This is my newest Get Rich Quick scheme. Set up a fake site like this, get hundreds of credit card numbers, rob them blind, move country. ^.^
If you are stupid enough to give out your CC info then you really do deserve it.
Anyway I really do hope a lot of dildo purchases show up, like those idiots who turn on the "What am I listening to" feature on MSN then stupidly watch porn. Sometimes shit with quite creepy titles...

Hubilub:
Hurray, the internet has ruined Christmas!

Wow, I didn't even think of that aspect of it. I mean, before I just thought it was ungodly stupid. Now it's ungodly stupid AND a killjoy.

Susan Arendt:

Hubilub:
Hurray, the internet has ruined Christmas!

Wow, I didn't even think of that aspect of it. I mean, before I just thought it was ungodly stupid. Now it's ungodly stupid AND a killjoy.

It also killed birthdays and, possibly, a couple of anniversaries.

This is quite possibly the dumbest, most pointless thing I have ever seen.

I think we reached a point where social networking needs to die, or at least take a large step back.

I really cant see why ANYONE would want to TARGET this website(piracy).

people deserve to get robed by some Russian hackers.

I....what...I can't even respond to this. It's just so...ungodly stupid? What kind of supreme deity would allow this to even exist? What kind of deity would allow these PEOPLE to exist?

*Heart of Darkness has ragequit server RL*

I suspect a few undeclared smokers, drinkers etc might find their health/life insurance premiums going up after signing up to this

I think the point is that eventually when lots of people join it, advertisers will give people coupons and deals and stuff based on what they've bought (or, more likely, just send them useless spam). It would be a great business plan if Blippy weren't completely and totally fucking useless and profoundly unappealing to anyone but smarmy Silicon Valley assholes who are self-absorbed in the whole culture of these ridiculous "Web 2.0 social media" companies.

At least with Twitter there's a lot of different things you can say in 140 characters. Like, for example, "I just bought this thing." And you don't even need to give away your credit card number to say that.

Hubilub:

Susan Arendt:

Hubilub:
Hurray, the internet has ruined Christmas!

Wow, I didn't even think of that aspect of it. I mean, before I just thought it was ungodly stupid. Now it's ungodly stupid AND a killjoy.

It also killed birthdays and, possibly, a couple of anniversaries.

Depending on who the gift was bought for, could even kill marriages.
"Dear? Why does Blippy say you bought a green negligee?"
"Uh.. that was for you hunny-buns.. it was going to be a surprise.."
"Our anniversary was last month, my birthday was two days ago, and you know I am not a size 0.."

Kwil:

Hubilub:

Susan Arendt:

Hubilub:
Hurray, the internet has ruined Christmas!

Wow, I didn't even think of that aspect of it. I mean, before I just thought it was ungodly stupid. Now it's ungodly stupid AND a killjoy.

It also killed birthdays and, possibly, a couple of anniversaries.

Depending on who the gift was bought for, could even kill marriages.
"Dear? Why does Blippy say you bought a green negligee?"
"Uh.. that was for you hunny-buns.. it was going to be a surprise.."
"Our anniversary was last month, my birthday was two days ago, and you know I am not a size 0.."

Dear god, this site is evil!!!

hey blippy , it's the repo depot ,here to take back what ya bought ,sry it's my job

Well considering how easy it is to hack those places... Well I'm just waiting till the guys at 4chan get a hold of it.

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All is blind in love and... social networking?"
~Me

Blippy- even more for pretentious pricks than twitter and full of people who think others care about what they're buying, let alone what their last thought was.

Imagine if EA or Activision started using it? You could see how they are getting on in their monopoly war every time they buy up other developers, studios or gamers' souls.

This is subtly hilarious, in my opinion. The openness is cool and theoretically social pressure might keep you from overspending...? But since you can separate payment methods into secret and non-secret, it seems like it would just motivate people to buy more things that they can't really afford just for social status.

Why would people want to give up their privacy like this? Unbelievable...

It's their right to share this personal info with the world...but why would they want to?

Andy Chalk:
I just don't get it. Has the concept of privacy become so alien to the average mouth-breather that nothing in their lives is exempt from being broadcast from one end of the internet to the other?

No, it's that your average mouth-breather has been brought up to believe that we are worthless unless other people are paying attention to us. (see also Paris Hilton, et al.) Do you think Twitter, Facebook, etc. would have exploded the way they did if your Average Joe/Jane didn't think it was anybody's business what they were up to at the moment?

Hubilub:
Hurray, the internet has ruined Christmas!

Cripes, I didn't even THINK of that. And when a cynical agnostic like me has to wonder "Is nothing sacred anymore?", then you know a line somewhere has been crossed.

"Okay, so all I need to do to sign up for a blippy account is to give you my credit card information so you can tell everyone what I'm buying? That sounds like a great idea!"

And these are the people that will be bitching about having their identities stolen when someone hacks the Blippy servers and gets their info. How's that saying go "A fool and his money are soon parted," right?

Who needs spyware anymore.

So you buy dogfood and a new leash at the pet store, peanut butter at the grocery store, and a box of condoms at the pharmacy. Next thing you know, the humane society is banging down your door wondering just what in the fuck you are doing to/with your dog.

Think it's not going to go down like that? Never underestimate peoples' ability to connect the dots where there was no connection to be made.

Blippy is obviously working for the antichrist. The end is nigh. Rejoice!

I feel bad for the people that somehow feel their lives aren't complete without the world paying attention to them.

Than again, it is pretty funny when they get all mad because the world isn't paying attention them.

Blippy User:"Now the world will have to pay attention to me!"

Random Person:"No, we don't."

Blippy User: Hangs themself with mouse cord.

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