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Google team launches Keen, an interest-based social network


Google‘s Area 120 team, one that develops experimental products, has announced a new app on the Android play store called Keen.

How Keen came to be

The idea came to CJ Adams, a Keen co-founder, after he and his wife noticed that they were spending a lot of their spare time scrolling through social media feeds. Afterwards, they thought about the idea of collecting ideas, links and resources based on their own interests and hobbies, letting them spend more time on their shared interests instead.

Adams brought the idea to Google’s Area 120 team, and in collaboration with another Google team named People and AI Research (PAIR), which is indeed focused on research and development of machine learning systems, Keen was made.

What is Keen for

To describe what Keen is meant to be used for, Adams writes:

The short version is, you create a “Keen” for each of your interests, title it, add your own content to it and organize your Keens neatly in your profile. You can also invite friends to collaborate with and share ideas, even build a community surrounding your common goals and interests.

Android users can try Keen via the Google Play Store here. At this time, an iPhone version isn’t planned.

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