This post is a wishlist of social media websites that I would like to see.
Personally, I find certain social media sites to be an interesting concept. Especially those that focus on a specific community that is able to share an interest (such as books on Goodreads and movies on Letterboxd). I prefer those that are less involved with marketing the user (we know who) and that can create the atmosphere to enjoy the experience of sharing/collecting/exploring and growing. Because I have a background of playing in website design, I also like a site that is easy to navigate and has a ‘clean’ design.
Last.fm alternative or music scrobbling website
I get the feeling that last.fm is probably on the way out. They have been in beta for a long time on the new release of the site and don’t seem to have made any major updates. The old scrobbling rss no longer works and you can’t scrobble from Apple Music unless you use something like Bowtie. In the early days, last.fm was such an exciting site for me, and the idea of being able to track my songs was awesome. I would love this to be reborn and to work properly.
A ‘Currently’ or simple rss feed website
What I mean by this kind of site, is related to the section in my sidebar called ‘Currently’. In this section I have what I am reading, watching, playing, etc. At the moment I am doing this manually, because numerous feeds did not work or had problems using a feed reader. I would like to see a website where you could input this information and have it displayed in an elegant way and have it displayable in a blog or wherever you want. It could pull feeds from popular websites like Goodreads, IMDB, etc or have a native system of it’s own, which could also include other features like; mood, location and maybe even custom ones.
Blogger comment exchange
I tried to make the idea of the comment exchange work with Blog Matter, but this was too difficult because there was no script that was able to do the job. A comment exchange is a website where bloggers are emailed a certain amount of blogs to comment on in a set time. For instance, you have to comment on 3 blogs in 7 days. You are emailed the bloggers/blogs to comment on and who will comment on your website. If someone doesn’t, you can report them and they become inactive. From memory, there were two I was aware of around 10 years ago in 2006, Despair and Exentrique. I think this is such a brilliant concept and I would love to see it a reality. Either as a complete site or as a script for the possibility of making one.
Creative trade website
If you are someone that has creative skills, it would be fun to be able to trade your skills for something in return. For instance, imagine if you where a website designer and wanted a personal logo. You could setup a trade with another creative, where you design a website for them and they make a logo for you. Another example might be; You are a writer and want a set of illustrations, so you might trade with an illustrator and write something for them. Legally it would probably be the most complicated, where the issues of ownership and contracts would have to be pretty clear, and the value of an ‘equal’ trade also evaluated. If done properly, it would be something I would love to do.
“Goodreads” for Gaming
I know there are a number of sites out there that are connected to social media for gaming (my favourite is probably Grouvee). However, to me it doesn’t have that same level to share content (I could never get the RSS feed for my currently playing, unless using an alternative RSS pull) and interact as a ‘goodreads’ level for gaming could have. Maybe there are already some out there that are like this, and if you know of any please let me know.
This might seem like a redundant idea (and maybe it is). Years ago this was a hot topic and del.icio.us was a master. However, I never liked the design of the site and found it a bit of a muddle to use. It would nice to be able to store and share bookmarks/websites online, only if it was done in a nice way. So you don’t end up with a million links all over the place. Maybe I am thinking of something like, a “Pinterest for links” or a visual directory.
If I had a lot of time it would be awesome to dedicate to these kinds of projects. But I have to be realistic I wouldn’t be able to do it, but hopefully someone else could. I know not everyone is a fan of social media and you have to be aware of the motives (many of them as a way of selling the user for advertising) and assess if they are a business for profit or ‘for the love of it’ gaining revenue to keep themselves viable.
This post is just for fun, throwing some ideas of sites I would like to see.
- Do you like social media?
- What is your favourite social media site?
- What kind of social media site would you like to see?