I have talked about something like this before, but I feel like talking about it again. It seems pretty obvious that the media business is ripe to be “disrupted.” But how to do it? It seems to me that if you designed a social media startup that updated Usenet concepts and paid professional journalists to inject it with quality content from the get-go, that would knee-cap Twitter pretty easily.
I have gone into great detail about the feature set of this proposed service, but in general the idea is you would have full paged posts that were threaded int the context of Conversations in Groups. You would make the whole thing inventive and easy enough that even the most stressed out journalist or entertainer could use it and ta-da, you kill Twitter and make a lot of money.
The most important thing of it all would be the full-page post that was threaded. That’s really powerful. It’s powerful because instead of posting in an online magazine or newspaper, you would skip the middle-man and post a story — that could be inline edited in the context of a thread — directly into the platform. That’s pretty cool. And given that you were paying journalists to contribute to the service as you grew it, they would have a vested interest in helping you use-test the admin aspects of Groups so it was really, really easy.
This is all so obvious to me that I am sad that no one else has thought of it. I want to use this platform because it’s such a great idea.
— Shelton Bumgarner 🔗 (@bumgarls) April 27, 2018