I couldn't resist - this published verbatim from The Borowitz Report, 9 February 2010.  It's dated, but for some reason, it just seems more and more relevant.  As I continue to bump into people poking at that little rectangular box in their hands as I walk the streets of Paris, I can't help thinking that those people are in that little box and not in Paris at all.  Maybe's there's something to the PhoneBook concept afterall.  Or better yet, to quote from Trainspotting, 'choose life.'

By the way, if you like the PhoneBook installment, check out Borowitz's current posting on the US Republicans' plan to replace Social Security with Groupon.


A new social network is about to alter the playing field of the social media world, and it’s called PhoneBook.

According to its creators, who invented the network in their dorm room at Berkeley, PhoneBook is the game-changer that will leave Facebook, Twitter and even the much anticipated Google Buzz in a cloud of dust.

“With PhoneBook, you have a book that has a list of all your friends in the city, plus everyone else who lives there,” says Danny Fruber, one of PhoneBook’s creators.

“When you want to chat with a friend, you look them up in PhoneBook, and find their unique PhoneBook number,” Fruber explains.  “Then you enter that number into your phone and it connects you directly to them.”

Another breakout utility of PhoneBook allows the user to arrange face-to-face meetings with his or her friends at restaurants, bars, and other “places,” as Fruber calls them.

“You will be sitting right across from your friend and seeing them in 3-D,” he said.  “It’s like Skype, only without the headset.”

PhoneBook will enable friends to play many games as well, such as charades, cards, and a game Fruber believes will be a breakout: Farm.

“In Farm, you have an actual farm where you raise real crops and livestock,” he says.  “It’s hard work, but it’s more fun than Mafia, where you actually get killed.”