Wednesday, December 20, 2006

more thoughts on stuff

frank's books

Now that Amazon the online megastore knows everything there is to know about their customers through the stuff they buy, I propose that they introduce a dating service in which they would match customers through their material affinities.

The algorithm could be straightforward: Title for title -- and once a certain critical mass of overlap is reached a match is made.

Or it could be more complementary: You bought a Weber from Target -- I bought a grill spatula. We're made for each other.

Many of us have already been privy to Amazon's extraordinary affinity matching -- I, myself, while going through a difficult divorce and loading up on titles designed to get me through the worst of it (it was only after checkout that I realized the irony of purchasing Miles Davis' Kind of Blue recording alongside "surviving your divorce" titles) -- received one of Amazon's "People who bought also liked..." email promotions.

The title they recommended to me at a time in my life when I felt like I was taking it in the *ss?

The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women.

True story.

4 comments:

heather lorin said...

LOL

anniemcq said...

This made me spit coffee out my nose. Ouch.

Lolabola said...

very funny!

I think if they matched people up by books bought, you'd just end up with double your books and a bunch of boredom.

They might have been on to something with that anal sex book. Maybe divorce is not quite the right pairing. Some tweaking needed.

Lasse said...

Very funny! - and patent that idea before amazon does! ;-)

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