a few new ideas

Was just kicking around these ideas today a bit – we’ll see if anything comes of them:

Social ‘to do’ list

Rough idea: a service to allow people to agree to do things together. That could really be taken in many directions, and I’m not sure which (if any) I’d take, but I haven’t seen anything quite like what’s in my head yet.

Social media profile disambiguator

Perhaps there’s some API service already, but I’d like to be able to look up someone by name and get a list of all their SM profiles. looking up “@waynesutton” I’d get some commonly known ones, but I don’t know of something that would automatically know or detect that @socialwayne is related.

Restaurant customer service numbers

A service to give local restaurants a feedback phone/sms number to distribute. Call and leave your feedback via phone tree, or via text, and see the results logged/reported.

Homeowner Association Issue Tracker

This came up today talking with a friend who’s the president of his area HOA. They need a custom issue tracker. Well, need is perhaps too strong, but it’s something they’d pay for.

Any ideas you’ve had you care to share?

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  1. Social ‘to do’ list <– Brilliant!

  2. Good ideas! I think I know some places that are working on things similar to what you’ve mentioned.
    1. Social ‘to do’ list: It’s still in beta testing, but a colleague of mine is working on http://www.plumera.com/ – it looks very promising from the brief testing I’ve done. It seems very handy for, say, planning a party and allowing guests to commit to various tasks you create.
    2. Social media profile disambiguator: http://www.rapleaf.com/ has an API where you give it an email address and it gives you the publicly available info from social networks (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc). I’m not sure if this is exactly (or nearly!) what you’re looking for, but it may be helpful.

  3. Hey thanks for those – I”ll check them out!

  4. A social media aggregator. Have 1 site that checks all of your twitter/facebook/blogs/etc… for you. Just pull up 1 site to see everything instead of bouncing all over the Internet checking everything individually.

    Interesting idea about the HOA Issue Tracker. What specifically would they need that one of the currently available support/issue tracking applications might not provide? Perhaps the ability to log/track items based on the home address? Or by homeowner? Maybe both…you could track if there was an actual problem with the house, or if you just had a jerk living there that caused problems. ;)

    I could see scheduling HOA events and meetings….

  5. I remember hearing about http://www.maroondoor.com/ on an early This Week In Startups show.

  6. I really like the social ‘todo’ list idea.

  7. Yeah, I’m not even quite sure what it would look like (I’ve got a couple ideas) but just the phrase seems to have some cachet to it.

  8. One of our regulars at the Web Design meetup, Marcus, has a business specializing in Homeowners association social networking hubs. He is using a Joomla+Community Builder combo.

  9. Hrm – not sure why I’ve not met him (or that didn’t come up if I did). Will ping him again.

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