We’re in the peak of the Web 2.0 wave, with betas for all sorts of web apps coming out of our
rears ears (that was a genuine typo!). Some are good, some are absolutely brilliant, but some are just dire.
Joining the Hall of Shame is fo.rtuito.us, where you can meet random new friends. We know of del.icio.us now, we can almost spell it without having to pause too long. But fo.rtuito.us takes it that one step too far with the hip, Web 2.0 URL.
As a TechCrunch reader writes, “This is not Beta… more like Alpha. This could not have taken more than a couple of days to put together. The matching is completely randon, not based on any user data what so ever… Very innovative, not!”
I think it’s a pretty pointless site, and that, while it’s a novel idea, it should be no more than a feature within an existing site, rather than a site in itself. The users are randomly matched rather than based on any interests, location, age, etc… yet the “What would happen if we no longer used things like looks, age, sex and nationality to decide if we would try and become friends with a person?” homepage statement is negated by the fact that you MUST upload a picture when you create a profile.
Somebody needs to sit down and rethink the unique selling points and features of their little Web 2.0 dream…