Thursday, March 25, 2010

Facebook Meats: Bringing Home the Bacon

I woke just a little too early today and couldn't get back to sleep because of an interesting dream. In the dream I was online at Facebook and they had a virtual meats store. I wanted a strip of bacon and found one in the store which I proceeded to print on my printer. I then took the printed bacon and fried it. Yumm.

As I lay there I began thinking about the increased blendedness of virtual and real worlds, eCommerce and the old brick and mortar kind.... and about the Facebook brand. Would a company like Facebook ever become a brick and mortar brand? For example, what if Facebook had a restaurant chain in which all members could get free coffee, or discounted foods, like other buyer's clubs?

I'm fairly certain the trigger for this dream was the article in yesterday's Telegraph titled Facebook 'linked to rise in syphilis'. Health officials in Britan have observed that a rise in the incidence of syphilis has been occuring in those regions where Facebook use is most prevalent. In other words, even though Facebook is a virtual space, it very definitely intersects with the real world.

A Facebook spokesperson denied the allegation that there is any relationship. I would liken this to the assertion that "guns don't kill, people do." I guess it's all in how you use it.

Entrepreneurs have been trying to use the Internet for commercial purposes ever since it emerged, and a lot of folk have become quite wealthy thereby, including the founders of Facebook. Now, if only we could feed the hungry by printing strips of bacon through cyberspace. Our kitchens would smell wonderful and our bellies full. Unless you're vegetarian, in which case I hope we'll be able to one day print lettuce. Soup would most likely be a little too messy for my printer.

What kind of food would you be printing today, if you could?


Lincoln Buff 2 said...

Chocolate, my friend. I would print chocolate! Happy Thursday!

ENNYMAN said...

That's a sweet thought.