4 Social Networks I’m Longing For
I spend quite some time on the web. But I want more. Here are four social networks I’m waiting for:
Express yourself through music—What if it was real easy for people to mix and mash music? To a great extent, the technology can help with the apparent lack of talent, making it easy for tone deaf amateurs to make their creations sound pretty awesome. Apple’s GarageBand is nearly there as far as apps goes, but you need to be able to sample popular music—and the whole creative process must be online.
Express yourself through 3D creation—Allow people to create worlds like they already do in the computer games. Second Life took a hit and we’re a little bit scared of this, but that doesn’t mean it was a bad idea. But instead of porn and casinos, allow people to create awesome architectural creations and majestic landscapes and place it all on top of Google Maps so visitors can “travel” and co-create—Inception-style!
Express yourself through comics—Create you avatar in 3D and quickly create scenes from 3D environmental templates. Change “camera angles” and move your character into position by using your mouse to adjust your characters’ joints. Filters can then give your strips an artistic, unique and coherent feel. Now, add some text, share and voilá—print-to-order.
Express yourself through novels and short stories—Great stories have strong drama and they follow patterns. In the opening you need to give the reader a taste of what is coming. There must be a second act, a point of no return, an overcoming of obstacles, personal growth and a climax. And there has to be somewhat archetypical characters. A questionnaire helps you answer a set of determinants for your creation; on a scale of 0-100, how dark do you want it to be? And so on. Then you hit “Play” and the application will allow the characters to act out based on your statistical data, much like automated gameplay. You get a written script which you then can tweak manually or add filters; maybe you want to change the setting from Madison Avenue to Victorian? Click.
Now, all of this require at least some technological and UI advancements, but social networks like Pinterest didn’t; the basic premise for expressing yourself through images is very simple. Maybe there are simple ideas for yet to be discovered within today’s possibilities? Let’s find out.