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Apple's upstart digital social networking platform dubbed Ping may soon manifest outside of our computer screens and inside of our nearest brick-and-mortar retail outlets and shopping malls. How would it...
12-30-2010, 11:51 AM #1
Apple May Bring Ping to The Physical World of Retail
Apple's upstart digital social networking platform dubbed Ping may soon manifest outside of our computer screens and inside of our nearest brick-and-mortar retail outlets and shopping malls. How would it work exactly? Well, for the time being, even Apple may not have the full picture of how this concept will play out. But thanks to a little investigative work by our friends at Apple Insider, we know this much: Apple is tinkering with the prospect of expanding Ping's reach into the physical realm of retail.
Behind the idea is a new patent, the application for which was just released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent application - known as "Social Networking in Shopping Environments" - foreshadows a time where shoppers with a mobile gadget like the iPhone or iPod touch can network with other shoppers while engaged in the act of shopping.
In a store, a kiosk would allow customers to access a product list and information on their phone. That product and the details about it could then be shared through Apple's social networking tool. In one example, a user can identify items of interest and share information directly to mobile devices of their friends. From there, friends can review the products and provide their own comments and feedback.
12-30-2010, 12:44 PM #2
oh, it's kinda like taking a picture and MMS to a friend to get their opinion... I think its pointless
12-30-2010, 12:47 PM #3
i can see this being more annoying than facebook and tweeter post whores
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12-30-2010, 02:04 PM #4
Ping is useless. Why was it even invented...
12-30-2010, 02:57 PM #5
If this idea is as successful as the rest of ping, it'll failName? whereswaldo
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12-30-2010, 04:47 PM #6
Not to mention there's already an app for this.Let's go Red Wings!
12-30-2010, 04:50 PM #7
Unrelated, but my friends is still stuck up that the iPhone sucks because you cant send pictures, and songs and other things through bluetooth...
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01-01-2011, 01:08 AM #14
I sure hope this is another one of apples patents that never sees the light of day.
01-01-2011, 01:27 AM #15
^ I agree. I wish ping didn't see the light of day
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01-01-2011, 02:55 PM #17
I like to ask for people's advice on twitter. Maybe not for clothing but for software.
01-01-2011, 03:16 PM #18
I might do that if I had a follower. Lol.Let's go Red Wings!
01-01-2011, 03:23 PM #19
You have 0 followers?
01-01-2011, 06:34 PM #20
i already dislike ping.. its all about purchasing stuff!!