What is the last trend, if you are going to build a startup?
They say API.
APIs are talkative as much as we want, but sometime they don’t listen at all. Let’s see the Instagr.am case and a new idea for further develop.
Do you know what is it Instagr.am, right?
Anyway, in case you belong to people surfing on internet without an iPhone, here is an explanation: a photo sharing service. That’s all.
Simple, isn’t it?
People say it is great because the filters you can use and because works smoothly; but I think the big advantage is in the LIMITS it sets (I love the quote “Less is more”).
Here four limits I see:
- Square format
- Low quality
- Just iPhone (so far)
- Only reading API
Consider the previous list and let’s discuss why “less is more”:
- Square format: is a cool effect, humans love symmetry
- Low quality: less bandwidth requested to transmit data and read, so mobile works quickly
- Just iPhone: the team is focusing on the experience (quality) instead of number of platform (quantity)
- Only reading API: they own the gate to enter in their universe
The last point is something I didn’t pay attention to, before.
Now that I noticed, it is so a strong factor, I cannot stop thinking how important it is.
And also how to use it.
At first, I tried to imagine how could I apply it to my (dream) love app: proximity chat. You know (i talked about here and here), when you are somewhere, and suddenly you can interact with other people close to you, without the social barrier (
“Hi”,“How are you?”,“Can I sit here?”).
First picture in my mind (COMIC)
So let’s imagine an app with 2 available features: to TALK and LISTEN; and some APIs for developers, which they can use just to LISTEN from. Funny, uhm? I’m already watching people hover around, losing saliva from lips, listening all the public chats like “You’re sexy”,“I would nail her”,“F**k you”.
Second picture in my mind (STARTUP)
Now try to imagine the case of an API which let you TALK and not LISTEN. Isn’t cool? If you can filter enough good what to listen, we can make an environment where people talk wherever and whenever they are, with close people. And BY THE WAY they receive USEFUL info from ads or shops or deal or public speakers. If the filter is a good one.
I have a clear idea. Do you want to be part of this project?
Here I am, if you want
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TALK TO PRODUCTS AND RECEIVE EXPLANATION
YOU TALK TO THE TV, CHATTING THROUGH YOUR MOBILE, AND ASK WHAT’S BETTER FOR YOUR 3 by 4 METERS ROOM. IT ANSWERS EXPLAINING WHY LCD VS PLASMA.
WHERE IS YOUR CUSTOMER? HERE!
YOU WALK ON THE STREET, AND SUDDENLY YOU NOTICE A BEEP. CHECK YOUR MOBILE AND YOU FIND THAT YOUR “MAJORDOMO” HAS A SUGGESTION FOR YOU. “Sir, may I suggest you, there is a jewelry shop near, which sells exactly the model your girlfriend likes (she posted it on facebook). It’s discounted and her birthday is in 10 days“. AMAZING, ISN’T IT?.
HEY YOU! 1.000 MILES AWAY
YOU WRITE SOMETHING, SKETCH OR SNAP A PICTURE. IF YOU WANT YOU CAN SHARE IT IMMEDIATELY AROUND YOU, WITHOUT INTERNET.
HI STRANGER. WANNA TALK?
YOU WALK SAME STREET EVERYDAY. AND OFTEN YOU MEET NEW FRIENDS AND PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR INTERESTS. TOO BUSY NOW, HAVING TOO MUCH FUN. THANKS TO THE LOCAL POWER.