I don`t see anything wrong with attempting to create something like the "walmart" of forums. A 1) place where you can start any topic, find any topic, and talk about it... the sky`s the limit. Or just 2) say whatever is on your mind (kind of like a personal blog). And of course, continually 3) checking out what people are talking about the most at any given moment (the most buzzed topics of the day). I personally believe this is an untapped concept.
If you can give me the best example of something that meets all these requirements, something serving as the "hub," of the above details, I`d love to see it. And perhaps it doesn`t exist b/c it would just never work. I don`t know. But that`s the whole idea of a startup, tapping into a concept that doesn`t exist, or if it does, improving upon it to provide real utility and seeing if people take to it.
And of course, I`m not saying more features shouldn`t be added in the future to further distinguish and make the service even better. I really feel like each "keyword" should feel more like a community.
You know, I personally believe putting something out there that could eventually serve as the "hub," be the definitive destination for a service, cannot be undervalued. I think people are hungry for this. They don`t want to use 100 different websites that do the same thing. If you can create something that offers everything people are looking for, and establishes itself as the definitive destination, that`s a huge part of the equation. So it`s more than what
you`re doing, it`s how
you present your service with the intent to accomplish just that.
So let me give just one example of potential utility this site could provide. I just recently went to a concert in my city. I could use sayproject
to give my thoughts on the performance. I could then search "band name" in addition to "city name" to find out what other people thought about the concert, and join in the discussion with them. And then, if I wanted to find out if people got to meet them backstage, I could keep my search, and add the word "backstage," and join in the discussion about that. Etc Etc.
That`s just one
example of potential utility... and I really have no clue of what other online service I would use to conduct a operation like this. To me at least, that`s not a `so what?` utility. What say you?
Watson755/26/2009 5:10 PM
I want to know, if I can live with what I know. And only that.