Youniverse

A chat avatar that learns about your personality

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Erik Torenberg
Erik TorenbergHiring@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
like a new age smarter child? :)
Will Imholte
Will Imholte@willimholte · Designer, Prime
Blarhg. The description wasn't great—but it made me think the product must be so simple/easy to understand that they don't need a description. Then I signed up to learn it's not actually available. So I guess I just signed up to share my browser data with some random company that is providing me no value? Except, of course, the promise of eventually emailing me maybe if a product launches. * Got an email like three minutes later saying I was in/the product is ready. Of course, I've already deleted the extension. I suppose I'll go reinstall it and chock this up to launch hiccups. ** Okay, let's get into description of my use here: Email had a link that brought me right to the chat thing, that was nice. The chat is an incredibly slow way to answer these questions. So far none of them have actually been chat based, they are all questions with either one answer (continue), binary options, or a range from 1-6 where every answer is always going to be 3/4, or six individual options with so much overlap I can't answer. Let's start with the question format: I don't want to wait for a fake chat op to type a question that is so generic. I can easily fly through profile creation/answering questions, I don't like being artificially slowed down. (Maybe the chat thing greatly improves completion rates, I dunno). The first question I had with actual options was an unskippabe Male/Female selection. Great. :(. The first six answer question I got was 'how vivid is your imagination?' I have no idea how vivid my imagination is. The next six answer question I got was 'how do you tend to act in social situations?' — with six answers that all describe how I act in social situations. I can't say which one is the most common because the one thing I don't do in social situations is measure how much of my time is spent debating/making jokes/telling stories etc. I hate to be harsh on this, I'm both interested in learning more about myself and in products that customize things based on more than generic biographic data. As far as I can tell, this isn't going to do that for me.
Brett deMarrais
Brett deMarrais@brettdemarrais
I just went through the entire prompt of questions from start to finish and thought it was interesting. It is essentially a personality quiz with a fake chat layer to make it feel more like a human interaction. @willimholte I totally agree you could blaze through these questions a lot faster on your own, but there a ton of sites that let you do this. I agree that it felt slow, but at least they are trying to differentiate. On the other hand not sure what the ongoing utility of this is. It'll be interesting to see if they start to surface articles, people, etc that I would like to check out based on my answers.
Will Imholte
Will Imholte@willimholte · Designer, Prime
@BrettdeM I can respect trying something new, but this didn't feel that new to me. The point of this was a bot that would chat with you—but it never felt like a conversation. I'm not asking for ground-breaking AI, but like @eriktorenberg pointed out, SmarterChild was able to ask questions and respond to your answers. This just guided me through a series of prefabbed questions that every other site uses. And it did it with an unclear promise of value. I guess my main expectation was that the software would be able to make interesting guesses about me. That get's watered down a ton when the questions are essentially 'are you an extravert?'
Brett deMarrais
Brett deMarrais@brettdemarrais
@willimholte Totally agree, I don't think the questions or the insights are particularly unique right now. I hate answering questions based on pictures of lonely people in a corner vs. a picture of someone at the center of a group laughing. You and I are unclear about the promise of value now because there isn't one yet. At the end of all the questions they ask "what would you use this for?". They are clearly trying to figure it all out. I am hoping they go the direction of surfacing content based on what they learn about me, but maybe that is asking too much.