Potential friend finder is a demo app for a simple version of the People You May Know Algorithm used on Gowalla. You can check out the real-algorithm in-action on the web by signing up for a Gowalla account and adding friends. For more information please check out the source code, and watch the attached video and presentation
Screencast of the presentation on: Vimeo
Slides of the presentation: How Richard Found Friends (Slideshare)
1) git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:Schneems/Potential-Friend-Finder.git 2) cd Potential-Friend-Finder 2.1) # if you don't have homebrew install it homebrew https://github.com/mxcl/homebrew/wiki/installation 2.2) brew install imagemagick # if you don't have imagemagick 3) bundle install 4) rails server
Note: requires memcache and redis. I recommend using RVM to manage your Rubies.
Navigate to http://localhost:3000 on your computer. Create an admin account, this will allow you to add 'users' to your mini-social network. Once you have users, you can make friends, and observe what our potential friends algorithm suggests.
Please fork this project, and see if you can come up with improvements to the algorithm. If you want me to pull your fork later, please make your changes on a branch, and give the user some way to toggle between your algorithm and the original algorithm. Putting all your methods in a module and extending user.rb would be an easy way to accomplish this
If you want to contribute and you need to reach me, you can find me on the twitters @Schneems
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