Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Social Platform

I kind of wish there was a photo/video sharing social platform that isn't like all the others. Think Instagram + Snapchat. Now add in having everyone else as your personal photographer/videographer. This would put the 'social' back in social media and completely flip current forms of social media on its head.

People (friends/family/followers) would take a photo or a short video clip of you or something that applies to you and then send it to you. You would then view it and have about 10 seconds to decide if you want to post it or decline it and have it be gone forever. (This is possible, because everything is done through the app.)

Your profile would consist of content that other people captured and 100% of it would be approved by you. The benefit is always having your own personal photographers. It's the future of selfies. Or whatever a non-selfie is. Photographs.

Add in location (geo-tagging and GPS). Geo-tagging isn't huge, but verified users could have a ping go out every 45 minutes (or whenever they want it to) that lets their followers know they were "within 3 miles of Hollywood." It would just tell people they're within a certain distance from the largest local city.

You would have people feeling more connected with the people they follow. All of the content on everyone's profiles would feature the username of the person who captured it, so it pushes more people to try to get shots as well as the best shots.

I think stamps/badges/whatever you want to call them would be a cool feature too. There could be one for having a verified user use your content on their profile, one for using the app at the Super Bowl, and others for all kinds of cool stuff.

People could have public and private accounts. Public accounts would allow anyone to see your content and private accounts would be for people who only want their friends/family to see their content. These settings wouldn't have to apply to who can send a person a photo/video, but likely would.

Shares and reTweets are cool, but I prefer colors. Content could be separated with patterned colorful borders. Content that you share could have a thin light blue line around it that features tiny dark blue dots. Reposted content (other people’s content) could have a thin light red line around it with tiny dark red zigzags. Content that you want to highlight or stand out on your profile could have a thin yellow line around it with tiny orange swirls.

If I wasn't so bad with languages.. I would have started working on this thing a long time ago. I'm not sure it's valuable (as far as money goes). I think it would be a cool addition to the Twitter umbrella, but it's probably pretty weak by itself. Ev Williams once told me that this is "of questionable value (by that, I mean, it might or might not be)" and I think he's correct.