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This article was taken from the No Camels website.
a certain point in your life, the magic of going out to bars is
starting to dissolve. The cigarette smoke stinks up your clothes, you
need to find a designated driver who agrees not to drink and the whole
dim light and loud music thing is just not doing it anymore. But despite
all that, bars do have some advantages, especially for single people.
is a new Israeli Facebook application that brings the bar experience to
your browser. You no longer have to dress up and leave your home –
simply log on to your Facebook account, run the app and you are in. Last
Wednesday Shaker became the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt, one of the
most prestigious start-up awards.
The application, created by students at Israel’s Interdisciplinary
Center in Herzliya, is a virtual encounter zone for social network
users. The virtual space is designed just like a bar and the tiny
avatars representing real people can walk around, buy virtual drinks,
choose what music is playing in the room for everyone to hear, dance and
of course, start up a conversation with anyone around them. The chat is
the most important part of Shaker, and it is there that all the
flirting action happens.
If you strike up a conversation with someone you find interesting, you
can check their limited profile on your virtual “cell phone.” This
feature sums up the essential Facebook details, such as the person’s
pictures, interests and friends, into a small pop-up that does not hide
the rest of the bar’s activities. People with whom you are already
friends, or who are friends of your friends, can be recognized by
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