Category web

Historical Wiki

I think that I speak for nearly everyone in the world who’s been on the internet that Wikipedia is an amazingly useful website. Just blows my mind the ways I use it and to think of what I had to do to find the same information before it came around.

But while wikipedia is a great site for THE information on a topic at this very moment, what about the historical record?

Many times I’ve wanted to “go back in time” and get a perspective on something at a certain moment in time. What would the wiki page for the band Duran Duran have been in 1987? Where would I find discussion on the “latest” add by Pepsi in 1992?

We all know it’s easier to look back at what happened with rose colored glasses and think that’s really how it was. But it wasn’t. Things were different at every moment in time. Those moments are being written over every time someone updates a wiki entry to make it “up to date.”

So the idea would be to have an entire wiki for each year going back in time. People could write entries on places, people, events, products that existed at that moment in time. One could only reference that moment as “the present” and could also talk of anything previous, but the future was just the future.

Would a wiki for every year be enough? Need one for every month?

Of course, there would be a lot of extrapolating to fill in the historicalwiki record, but there’s a lot of data out there from the past that’s floating around, uncategorized. Libraries have archives with first hand materials from various ages. Companies have archives full of product advertisements from all points in the distant past.

This would be the perfect framework to catalog that past, as well as keep a running tab on the future of presents and pasts still to come.


So today, was out, and it rained.

Happens every day in some place in the world, right?

But we’ve got the internet!

So, just as my Google Calendar will send me a text message before my dentist appointment, why can’t I get the weather messaged to me?

Well, that’s not too revolutionary. But what about I only get bothered by the weather when it’s going to bother me? Give me a chance to decide when I want to be notified – let me choose to get an email when there’s a 50% chance of rain, or if it’s going to be a high below 40 F? That way, I can forget about looking, worrying, etc. Just let me know and I’ll plan accordingly.

Okay, I just received an SMS that my toast is done.

Outsource This!

outsource glossary. provide the text for pop-up glossary terms for
websites. they can brand. include text ads? upsell for branding? no ads?
users can provide feedback and hone blurbs…

faq too?

Nag Me

This one should be a business… one that offers a web service/software app which is all about the opposite of “remind me.”

So the nagme system would allow you to enter websites, search terms, time amounts, times of day, etc. which trigger the system to hit you with a pop-up or warning asking “are you SURE you want to be doing this?”, giving you a chance to stop short of a behavior you’re trying to change.

Whether it’s surfing to those meaningless websites, searching for random wastes of time, or spending 5 hours sorting through your junk mail folder – however you waste time, you can have the system remind you periodically that you asked yourself not to do that anymore.

Sort of

Sitting through a web conference hyping Web 2.0 and web communities, I realize (yet again) how much I am not that demographic. I have rarely ever chatted, posted to newsgroups, hung out on blogs, etc. So, with the proliferation of MySpace, Facebook and Friendster, why isn’t there a Shutitster which would be a (parody) social network for people who don’t want to be in social network. Similar to some of the pages in those other social networks, the pages/profiles would be a wasteland of empty, default information, outdated items, etc.

The big pitch of the site would of course be the tally of how many millions of people felt compelled by the hype to visit, signed on, created as little of a profile as was required, looked around to decide it wasn’t worth their time, and never returned.

It could have “don’t bug me” buttons, forums/blogs with topics like “coming soon” and “welcome to your blog”.