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Facebook app connects users through enemies, not friends

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by Neps Firmalan | Mar 28, 2012
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Ever faced the question, "What do you like?" only to respond with a confused "I don't know" followed by a "But I'll tell you what I DON'T like"? Well, think of that except in a social network scene. Take for example Facebook. It suggests Pages and Friends depending on who you're already affiliated with or who your friends with. But what if there was a ying to that yang, it would probably be EnemyGraph.

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A Facebook app that allows you to list your enemies, EnemyGraph aims to connect people based on things they similarly dislike. It was developed by a research group in the Emerging Media and Communication program at UT Dallas.

There are no hierarchies of hate, but if you feel that it doesn't quite sum up how you feel about a partcular thing or topic, you can choose to designate it as an archenemy. For example, telenovelas and Rihanna.

The app's maker, Dean Terry, says that "people are connected and motivated by things they dislike. Alliances are created, conversations are generated, friendships are stressed, stretched, and/or enhanced ... EnemyGraph runs what we call dissonance queries ... In other words, we point out a difference you have with a friend and offer it up for conversation, as opposed to a similarity."

We checked the site and the top three trending "enemies" are Justin Bieber, Internet Explorer and MacDonald's. With an A.

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This is different, and probably completely opposite of the "social" school of thought---where everything has to be based on mutual interests and shared experiences. It could add fire to the flame of Facebook controversy, after all, information available on the social network is no stranger to instigated arguments, "unfriending" and in the worst cases, divorce.

But hey, it's a clever thing to have, we're just not sure it would fly with Pinoys, most of whom would rather not say anything at all than say something hurtful.

What do you think, Techies? Is this a good idea? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @techiecomph

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