Biographical social media platform
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- The platform would focus on your past, rather than follow the current model of "what's happening in your life right now".
- Friends would not be added at random, they would have to be connected to a story or event in your past, which they would have to approve. Doing this would add the story/event to their profile as well, in this way, people would help build each other's biographies. You might be able to read other peoples bio's even if you aren't "friends", depending on your privacy preferences, but to be connected you would have to share at least one memory together.
- Your page would be organized chronologically, meaning that if you added an event that happened 20 years ago, it would not show on top of your page, but rather under the appropriate year.
- Certain questions that encourage stories would be available for you to answer. Things like "What was one of your most memorable moments from school/university?", "Do you remember the first vehicle you owned?" etc. As soon as you answer these questions they would also be added under the appropriate year.
- For each year/decade you would be able to add lists of musicians you were listening to, books you were reading, sporting teams you were following, people you admired. These answers would then automatically be linked to (for instance) a Wikipedia page of what albums/books they had out at that time, how those teams were performing in that era and so on.
- Comments/likes/shares would be obsolete. Friends would only be able to send you messages or contribute to your stories.
- There would also be a space for memorable events like concerts or parties you attended, milestones, jobs and any other relevant moments.
- Dated photos/videos could also be added.
- This way, you wouldn't need a team to compose biographies, people would essentially be doing it themselves and for their friends.
- It might also be a very positive alternative to the current platforms which are known to harm our mental health through their model of likes and follows by eliminating the "popularity" factor and simply turning it into a historical record.
- It could also help encourage writing, as stories would be longer than the average tweets/posts.
- It could help people really get to know each other, as we discussed earlier, the available platforms do really share stories about people's lives. They tend to be more focussed on popularity and trends than personal anectdotes and stories.
- Like my idea for the biographies, apart from helping people to get to know one another, a profile on this platform could be a keepsake to reminisce on in your old age, or for your loved ones to return to after you pass away, parents could also set up a profile for their children which they can then later take over and manage themselves for a more complete account.
The "think-abouts" to think about in forward
The flow of events
- So, you can sign up, edit your name and surname, personal information, and then you start adding events.
- You slowly add many events like education, jobs, courses, summer schools, projects, congresses, concerts, festivals, trips, visits, etc.
- Then you think of the stories connected to these events and add them to some of the events.
- People confirm attendance at your events and suggest more.
- More and more events start to appear and you find a bunch of friends.
- Then you find some old buddies you haven't seen in a long time and message them. You share stories and add more events and more people. It happens in loops.
- You meet a girl you like and check her profile. You scroll down filter, and search for an event - possible conversation subjects. Then you apply for a job and the other people do the same thing with your profile.
The arising "think-abouts"
Where do I sign up?
A feature idea:
- Yes, that story is true and I don't mind having my name attached.
- Yes, that story is true, but I do not want to be connected to it.
- No, that story is not true.