I promise: The result above was not a setup, but the outcome of trying a fun, free app called "MVF," which lets you find your "Most Valuable Friend" on Facebook. I know msnbc.com science editor Alan Boyle pretty well — although not well enough to, say, share science experiments with him. But that's the result that MVF gave me, produced in seconds after I allowed it to access my Facebook info.
As the TheNextWeb notes, the app "allows anyone to find out their most valuable Facebook friend based on a weighted combination of the total number of friends and subscribers."
Creators Alex Taub and Michael Schonfeld say on their website they built the app to try to define value, looking at value as a "commodity."
The more scarce it is, the more valuable it is. This is what we had in mind when determining value. We also took into account popularity, for better or worse. We tried to find a good balance of popularity and scarcity. It works at times, other times it doesn't. We think it works more than it doesn't. But you, the people, will be the judge.
They want feedback — good, bad and otherwise — on their program.
The duo started MVF first for Twitter (where MVF means "Most Valuable Follower"), and they promise they will not see your Twitter password or access your direct messages.
You can consider this kind of information as fluff (as opposed to grist) for the social media mill. Or you can take it too seriously, which some people do, and if so — no need to be a friend of this app.
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