22 February 2006
The Internet's Going Swapping Mad!
First there was File Swap, then there was Sketch Swap and now there’s Question Swap!
File Swap didn’t really appeal to me. I’m lazy, so uploading and downloading files sounded like too much hard work to me. I played Sketch Swap for a bit but quickly realised I was rubbish at it, and since there’s no way to just view what people have submitted or correct your mistakes, I got bored of that pretty easily. (Of course, you could just submit a few squiggles and view a sketch in return – but that’s just creating more effort and must be annoying for the people who moderate all the sketches.)
Question Swap is quite addictive though. You don’t need to find a suitable file from your hard drive, nor do you have to sketch anything; you simply ask one of the thousands of pointless questions that’s probably floating around inside your head right now. In return, you have to answer somebody else’s question, which seems fair enough, and whenever someone answers your question, the response gets emailed to you. Whilst some of the responses can be rubbish, most are usually pretty funny. Check out some of the examples to see what I mean.
Whatever will they be swapping next? Here are some possible ideas:
- Meal Swap – Submit what you’re having for your dinner and get a recipe back that you can enjoy tomorrow. (Just the thing for when you’re bored of the same meals every day!)
- Friend Swap – Enter your best friend’s contact details and get somebody else’s best friend’s details back. Start emailing or calling each other and make a new best friend. (Also great for swapping wives!)
- Blog Swap – Submit the login details for your blog software to the site and get somebody’s else login back. Start posting on each other’s blogs. (Perfect for spammers!)
- Identity Swap – Enter you name, personal details and credit card details and get somebody else’s identity back. (Ideal for fraudsters!)
[Via Google Blogoscoped]