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Jeudi, 15 Décembre 2011 12:30

Status Updates Help You Find the Perfect Gift

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  • 12:30 pm  | 
  • Wired December 2011

A promising, brightly-colored package wrapped in ribbons, torn open to reveal—socks. Bummer. We’ve given awful gifts, and we’ve received our fair share (The Star Wars Cookbook, really?) Come holiday time, it would be helpful to have some secret insight into what friends and relatives might actually like. Enter GiveEmThis, a new service that makes gift suggestions based on a person’s activities on Facebook and/or Twitter. Connect to Facebook through giveemthis.com, select a friend, enter their Twitter handle, and the service will scrape their interests, status updates, links, events, quotes, and tweets, then spit out gift recs fit for a box. (No, the service won’t suggest putting that thing in a box. The algorithm blocks dirty gifts using a custom filter it calls a “conscience.” We call it good taste.) How well does it work? We gave it a try with a few of our best buds. Some recommendations were spot-on; others will get you unfollowed in real life.

Name Suggestion #1 Suggestion #2 Verdict
Craig Venter
No Such Thing as Over-Exposure: Inside the Life and Celebrity of Donald Trump, by Robert Slater Romantic Castle Cake Set by Wilton This entrepreneur/scientist is more likely to embrace tales of entrepreneur/ celebrities than fairy-tale confectionary.
Kanye West
Crumpler C-List Celebrity The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion (Metropolitan Museum of Art), by Harold Koda and Kohle Yohannan Dude just launched a fashion line, and we’re pretty sure he’d throw an all-caps fit if associated with C-list anything. Get the book.
William Gibson
Icons of Sci-Fi: Toho Collection (The H-Man, Battle in Outer Space, Mothra) Blade Runner Blu-ray box set When someone is a science fiction legend, pick your genre- related presents carefully. Clearly he already owns Blade Runner.
Rainn Wilson
How to Be a Working Actor: The Insider’s Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film & Television 2-GB Fruit Plate Cake Royale USB flash drive The dis on acting skills might not be so funny: You’ll get a lot more mileage out of a gag gift.
Lady Gaga
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or What’s in a Dream; a Scientific and Practical Exposition, by Gustavus Hindman Miller Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair: The Cutest Cuts and Sweetest Hairstyles to Do at Home by Cozy Friedman What goes on inside Gaga’s head might be worth interpreting—the outside is certainly already covered by a phalanx of stylists.

Photos: Venter: Getty Images; all others: Corbis


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