3 things I wish somebody would create

May 14, 2010 in Startups

I wish somebody would make any of the following (a few of these ideas evolve from the reports lately about Facebook’s privacy issues and my general discontent with Facebook)

  1. An event planner / organizer. One that’s easier to use than Facebook’s events, could connect with Facebook and would sync easily with my Google calendar. I also don’t like to have all my life in Facebook and would like to take baby steps in getting rid of it.
  2. A simple, easy Twitter client that works with multiple accounts easily. I’ve downloaded a ton now and I’ve tried a few web based Twitter clients (CoTweet, Seesmic, etc), but I personally think they all suck, seem heavy and clunky. An elegant solution like Twitter’s interface with a few power features + multiple account support would be great.
  3. A social networking standard/protocol. So that anybody could use whatever social network they like and anybody could become friends, plan events, send messages, etc easily between social networks. Some people seem to be thinking about similar stuff, but I think we need a standard for this.

You might say “why don’t you build those things?” – Because those are the kinds of apps that don’t interest me other than I would be willing to use them :)

Or do those things actually exist?

Edit: Some guy who admits that he will code for beer, pointed out to me on Reddit that there is something out there called Open Social, which seems to be similar to my 3rd request. I haven’t taken a close look at it, but I will need to do that.

  • http://sdp.status.net/ Susan Pinochet

    A social networking standard/protocol.

    “OStatus lets people on different social networks follow each other. It’s transparent to your friends, colleagues and family which software or service you use. They can get your status updates on their own sites and reply, like, or re-post your updates.”

    more at http://ostatus.org/

    • http://arnorhs.com/ arnorhs

      Ok, that sounds pretty neat as well. I have a lot of stuff to look at. Thanks Susan.

      [your comment went into the spam filter, sorry about that]

  • http://owdskoo.com James Andrix

    I suspect that the best solution to 2 will come in the form of the browser itself. If you could have different sets of cookies between tabs or even between windows, you could log in on as many accounts as you like, and do it on any service.

    It looks like Chrome will let you log in to one other account in an Incognito window, but all incognito windows seem to share cookies.

    • http://arnorhs.com/ arnorhs

      That’s an interesting approach. Then you could use the web interface like you normally would. A button for starting a window in a new browsing session would be pretty neat.

  • http://josediazgonzalez.com Jose Diaz-Gonzalez

    20couch might fill your needs for a Multi-account Twitter app. http://20couch.com/ Only issue is that it isn’t hosted, but you own the code, so it shouldn’t be difficult to hack on what you want :)

    • http://arnorhs.com/ arnorhs

      That actually looks cool. I need to download and take a look at that. Thanks!