I had an idea, what do you reckon?
I have the great fortune to know a great many creative and technically talented people who work with the internet every day. I connect with them often on social networks and they have the grace and time to put up with my stupid questions and ideas over impromptu Gchat sessions and lengthy strings of DMs over twitter or FaceBook.
I also occasionally get time to go to meet ups and conferences where the usual suspects turn up and I get to meet new and inspiring people. It’s not breaking news that in this environment a great many ideas come up. Sometimes we talk seriously about the feasibility of a business strategy, sometimes we gossip about minor eruptions within the network and sometimes we chase down ideas that are so dumb that we keel over with giggles and grin at our own tenacity to think something silly through to a theoretical conclusion.
Often these ideas can be a foundation for something more important. Things that we might work on for our “real jobs”, stuff we get paid to do at work. Other times they are a dalliance, something to chat about or refer to as in-jokes or social references. It struck me that many of these ideas are actually good ideas, even if they are not worthy of creating a start-up and generally most of us are so busy that there is little chance that we can actually make something from them or realise their potential on the internet.
There are also ideas that are discussed and whipped up that have no basis in some of the work we do separately. For example: as a journalist, my ideas for games are not something I can dedicate time to, but that does not mean I am not interested.
Personally, I don’t have the coding chops to make something exist on the web, unless a platform is presented to me in which I can do so. I also lack the time generally to eat properly and sleep enough. So where do these ideas go and isn’t it a bit of a shame that they never come to life?
I would rather share some of these things in the hope that people with more time and better smarts can have a go at making things if they want to. I’m not about to flatter myself to the point of thinking that all of my ideas are worth pursuing. But I’d also rather not let them fade away like whisps of smoke, never proven or shared. So, I’m thinking about an “Ideas Repository”.
I chatted it through one evening with @Papa_Knight. Much to his amusement I was in my usual state of tired confusion and managed to fluff the words and call it an “Ideas Suppository”. I know there are some that might think that is quite right as a label. But y’know, it sort of has a ring to it (dirty pun acknowledged…) Maybe it’s better to share it than shove it.
So, how to?
There’s an element of openness and trust within an idea like this. People interpret ideas in a different way, like the open source community, the data is there for you to work with however you please, or like a creative commons attribution share-alike license, please take the idea and use it, but please credit the source.
There are bound to be cross overs. The hive mind influences itself and heck, I can hardly remember where I heard things sometimes so I am willing to admit when I am corrected that I probably was inspired by something long forgotten. But at least opening ideas to discussion might lead to better things or even put an idea to bed if the issues are thought out properly.
But if there is an idea you have no time to chase after and don’t want to forget it. Write it up. Drop it on your blog, or if you don’t have one, send it to me and I can paste it here in quotes to share. Send blog posts this way if you like and I can jot a summary and point to the details at your place. Like a networked uh, suppository… If this turns out to be something that needs more room, I am prepared to open up a separate blog area or a Posterous or similar to add things. I’m not the most prolific bear, but I have the odd moment. Maybe you do too.
Maybe this is a bad idea, but I’d rather share it than shove it, right?
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