I’d like to see an attempt made to remove names from Twitter, to push the content and amplification of content to the front, to do away with channels and circles of power and control. The web is that already but it is unfeasible for all but Google to monitor it in real-time and deliver “what is happening and what is important.” So Twitter without channels. Twitter without names. You post your 140 characters and it goes into the froth. People see items in the froth and amplify the ones they like. The strongest rise and a view is slice through the peaks to present what is happening now and what is important.
Reading about Google Earth Outreach now being available in Africa. I’d love to see a visualisation of the impact that Africa has on the world. African emigrants, African resources (diamonds, gold, uranium, platinum, zinc, wood, food etc.), outbound money, pollution and so on. I’d like to see a historical view too, showing the impact of the slave trade on different countries around the world and the rape and pillage of Africa by the colonial powers. All in a slick animated and interactive Google Earth format. Big arrows spearing out from the Congo to Belgium and from Egypt to Europe and so on. Can I get a grant for that please?
Sabrina Dent’s experience of queuing for an hour to check-in, check-out and have parking validated at the Radisson hotel makes me wonder why you cannot check-in/out online. Or via an automated system in the hotel. Most of the time they have your payment details, they don’t need to attend to you personally.
MetaTweet is a simple idea I had while rocking Leah back to sleep at 3:30am. It allows you to add any metadata you want to any tweet. Location, a link, an image, video, or audio payload, language translations, semantic data etc. Any metadata you can’t yet add directly via Twitter. People could then use a simple REST API to POST or GET metadata for a tweet. e.g. http://twitter.com/paulmwatson/status/3499592026 could have extra metadata at http://metatweet.com/paulmwatson/status/3499592026. The URL structure would be the same as Twitter, just the domain is changed. Debatable whether you should own the tweet to add metadata to it, might be necessary to stop spam. Twitter clients could use MetaTweet as an extra information look-up when presenting tweets. The metadata would be an XML element (expressable as JSON) with a reasonable limit so that you don’t end up with 100mb payloads. A simple idea but useful I think (has this been tried for URLs in general? e.g. add metadata to any URL on the web?) §
Earphones need a micro-switch that tells the connected player to stop playing when you take them out. Half of my Last.fm history are songs that played while I was away from my laptop. §
What I’d like is a bar-code scanner in my kitchen. I swipe a product across it and it adds it to my shopping list. Simple as that. (Or an iPhone App. equivalent.) §
Spotify should be able to use your Last.fm music history to generate its “Artists you may like” list. §