I’ve had a couple business ideas lately that underline the necessity of acting quickly, particularly in today’s fast-moving development environment:
At last fall’s ONA conference, a bunch of us were texting and Tweeting during lunch and joking about the horrible and often hilarious autocorrects generated by our iPhones. I declared that I would start a blog collecting these bad autocorrects. All agreed that it could easily “go viral.”
I was busy over the next week, but had the project in my to-do list. Less than 10 days later, Pop Hangover Network launched “Damn You, Autocorrect.” Traffic hockey-sticked. There are plans for a book.
For the last six weeks, I’ve been trying to convince anyone who can code and will listen to work with me on a mobile app that fills this scenario:
I’m in or know I’m going to be in a specific part of town with an hour or so to kill and want to let friends know that I’m game to meet up for a drink. The app pushes that request just to friends in my social nets who have a checkin that indicates they are nearby now. It would use APIs and permissions to send those invites through Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, etc. The recipient would get a link where they could confirm, download the app and/or opt out of future invites from the sender or the app globally.
Today, a laudatory Tweet introduced me to Glympse, which isn’t a hand-in-glove to my scenario, but is pretty darn close.
Always act as soon as you can. Original ideas are scarce and getting more so every day, while the price of implementation falls by the minute.
- Damn You Autocorrect Showcases Hilarious iPhone Texts (intomobile.com)
- Have You Ever Sent an Odd Message Because of Autocorrect? (learning.blogs.nytimes.com)
- On Language: Auto(in)correct (nytimes.com)
- Glympse – A Safe & Simple Way To Share Your Location With Your Mobile Device (makeuseof.com)