Number 2Oh yeah, just another thing to try to encourage all ya’ll to use Dodgeball

Apparently, I’m in the top 10 users of Dodgeball in SF this month (see image, click for larger), ranking #2 behind power-dodgeballer Donny.

This proves one main point:
There are not enough users out there actually *using* Dodgeball!

Five of the ten are people in my circle of friends… and some of them checked in less than ten times in the past thirty days. I think people go out more than that per month… right? And there are a whole slew of members whose profiles read “This user has not checked in anywhere”.

C’mon, folks, I’ve already proved to you that the service works. Please try to use it more if you’re on it. And if you haven’t signed up, why not? This is a service that is only as good as the people that use it.

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  1. Dodgeball is tuned for a dense environment like that found around NYU or narrow patches of SF, Boston, and a few other East Coast cities. It’s questionably-useful for environments like, oh, the peninsula, Los Angeles, Marin, Long Island, Wisconsin…

    Geographic density is only one of a large number of lifestyle biases that are implicit in dodgeball’s design — I really can’t imagine it being useful for most of the population, who simply don’t share such contexts (it’s an open question as to whether most of those biases were visible or unconscious and invisible to Dennis et al when dodgeball first went live).

    Dodgeball has two implicit promises (and a seemingly-awkward explicit one, with the “crush system”) : a mechanism to spontaneously meet up and/or communicate with an immediate circle of friends, and the potential to expand your social circle.

    For the first promise, the overall size of the user base is less important than the size of an individual’s ACTIVE friend list (there are lots of “ghosts” already). That means inviting individuals, not to dodgeball but to YOUR SPECIFIC dodgeball circle.

    As for the second promise, while there’s potential there, can you say that dodgeball has ever led you to meeting anyone other than through an intermediary that was already PHYSICALLY PRESENT?

    Google is definitely aware of some of these issues, hence the swell of allied dodgeball services also announced yesterday. And Dennis seems to have refocused his time exclusively to it, while the area/code guys are taking on the mantle of Big Gaming:

  2. There seems to be a flaw (bug?) with Dodgeball these days, I do not seem to be getting FOAF messages anymore. This is silly, because SF isn’t all that big. One is supposed to get FOAF messages when another DB user is within 10 blocks… that’s a LOT, considering the size of SF.

    Yes, I do realize that there are many people outside of SF that have signed up on DB, yet they have to sign up for SF. I understand that, and I also understand that it only really works for a densely populated environments. I mean, yeah, it’s kinda silly that people are checking in at their workplaces in the Silly Valley, no one can really “stop by and say hello”… heck, any workplace for that matter.

    I hope that the users become more consistent with their use of DB that both promises that they make come true.

    Huh. I should just write another entry.

  3. I’m starting to wonder, now that they’ve released some of these stats regarding who’s using the service most, if the main power users in the SF area are our circle, and maybe one other (the folks we don’t know in that top-10 list). That means there’s two circles roaming about, dodgeballing.

    Maybe we should form opposing gangs. Make a game out of it, like using the whole map of SF as a giant board of Go or something.

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