A Feature Rich #UX #UI For A ‘Twitter Killer’

by Shelton Bumgarner

Just daydreaming.

A Crude Mockup Of My Dream UX / UI For A ‘Twitter Killer’

by Shelton Bumgarner

No one listens to me. But I have given the topic of how to kill Twitter some thought. Maybe too much thought. And, as such, here’s at least one aspect of the service I believe should exist. This image is of a Group and how you would interact with it.

Idle Rambling About An Interesting Possible Feature For A Discussion Platform #Startup

by Shelton Bumgarner

This is nonsense because no one listens to me, but it seem as though it would be cool if you had the ability to post a full page post into a threaded discussion system and there was a tab feature where you could see a live chat “behind” the the Post. This is one way to have a similar experience as IRC.

Anyway, no one listens to me and I have no money. Here’s a rough mockup:

Of Newspapers & A Better Mouse Trap

by Shelton Bumgarner

It seems to me, the newspaper industry has finally reached a level of crisis and contraction that it might be willing to entertain a hail Mary pass strategy for its continued existence. Now, as I say repeatedly, I have no money, can’t code and don’t want to learn. As such, absolutely no one, but no one, listens to me.

And, really, maybe they shouldn’t.

I’m just a crank who likes to write at this point and the thing I’ve learned since I came back from Seoul is pretty much to be successful you have to be stable, have money and have some inkling of what your career is. To have such a career involves a complex series of metrics that I, alas, will never be able to attain in any traditional manner.

Having said all that, let’s waste some time and mull how one might save the newspaper industry at this late date. To me, this is a technological problem. So, as such, you need to build a new service from the ground up that not only would “save” newspapers via a rebirth online, but also address the existing issues associated with Twitter and Reddit. This may seem like a tall order, but it’s not really if you give it some thought.

What I would do, if I had enough money, is build an entirely new social media service whose whole reason for existence was to facilitate civil discussion. As such, I would look back to that most ancient of social media services, Usenet, for inspiration. The service would use the Usenet experience as a stepping off point. While Reddit is much like Usenet to some extent, I feel it’s such a ham-handed implementation as to be useless for my needs. It seems to me if you did as I proposed, you would have the following features.

Here are, going from basic to less basic the core features of the service I propose.

At the center of this service would be Posts. They would be a full page, multimedia and have a rich WYSIWYG editor people could use to write them with. It would be intuitive and robust and would make writing a post a joy to do. Now, in my imagination there would be two aspects to a Post in this service that would make them different — one is a video conference feature and the other is a minimum word count. You would almost be pressured into throwing in a video recorded video chat as part of any Post you wrote. Also, the service would demand you write, say, at least 300 words in a Post before you could put it into the system. This would prevent someone from simply say, “Meh” in a post, or using a post as a tweet-like thing. You might make some specific exceptions, for say, a politician not known for his long, cogent social media activity.

In-line Editing
One critical aspect to all of this would be in-line editing. If you had the write to contribute to the system — more on that later — you would have the ability to in-line edit someone else’s post in the context of a thread. Again, you would have to write a minimum amount in each edit, you couldn’t just say “You suck.” This might take some getting used to for people who are used to Twitter, but it would likely grow on people.

IRC-type discussions
I would study IRC and figure out ways to incorporate public text chat into the system in a big way. I think that might be really addictive if you did it right and would help with engagement on the service in general.

Now, the thread would also be crucial to this service. Only specific users would be allowed to start a new thread in a Group and this would hopefully significantly increase usability for everyone involved. Only Verified Account holders could start a thread at all. These would be people who the system trusted not to be abusive or go nuts for no reason.

In my imagination, there would be thousands and thousands of redundant Groups that would be created by people called System admins. These people would be in charge of naming the Groups and it would keep some order to the whole thing. Of all the people in the service, these people would be the most likely to be, well, paid. They would have the most rights within the system and as such the most responsibility as well.

Having said all that, how do newspapers fit into this? Well, it seems to me newspapers as we currently think of them are well on their way out and if you completely re-imagined how the public would interact with online content via the type of service I just proposed, I think that’s how you save newspapers. I could go on at great lengths about my specific vision for newspapers in this context, but no one listens to me and I’m feeling sad that I’ve come up with this great concept and yet nothing will ever be done with it.

Oh well.


V-Log: How To #Disrupt The #Newpaper Business With A #SocialMedia #App

by Shelton Bumgarner

I go into a lot of detail about how, specifically you could disrupt the newspaper industry if you had, say, over $1 billion on hand to shake things up a little bit with a startup app.

In-Line Editing As A Key Feature In A #Startup Meant To #Disrupt The Newspaper Industry

by Shelton Bumgarner

While there are any number of features that Usenet had that have mysteriously not managed to make it to modern social media, the one feature that might be the most revolutionary in the end is in-line editing. For 20 years, news Websites have had a comment section that was either below or to the side of the content.

But if you gave people the ability to in-line edit the content that you generated in the app, I think that might be a killer feature. People would really enjoy the ability to have a conversation about the content inside of it. Of course, there is the issue of scalablity. I would propose managing that through redundancy of Groups that the fullpage Posts would be in as well as management of who could actually contribute content into the system.

Redundancy of Groups would be an important aspect of this service. I see this app as an Uber for news. You hire a lot of laid off reporters from around the country and use them to seed the service. I’ve proposed Time Magazine could save itself through this proposed app, but no one listens to me and so I’m just rambling at this point.

Regardless, this is a strong concept. I just wish someone would do something with it.

How To Update The #UX #UI Of A Usenet Client To ‘Kill’ Twitter

by Shelton Bumgarner

Below is the general idea of what I want to update for modern social media needs for a Website that would be marketed as a “Twitter killer.” You’d have to update the concept a lot, but the general concept is there. You’d have at least three panes you would be able to interact with.

The key thing is in the pane that you would use to write posts, you would have a fully WYSIWYG editor and the ability to in-line edit. This opens up a lot of really interesting possibilities when it comes to content distribution online. What if you could inline edit in the context of a threaded discussion? That would be a really powerful new feature for newspapers and magazines online. It would definitely change how people interact with content online.

The thing about it is, this is a pretty well developed concept, so it wouldn’t really take that much to update it for the modern Web. Throw in a modern newsfeed, a feature rich profile page and various other things people expect in social media and you have a real chance to bring down Twitter.

But as I keep saying, I have no money, can’t code and don’t want to learn, so this is just a daydream.

Idle Mulling Of The #UX #UI Of A ‘Twitter Killer’

by Shelton Bumgarner

If I was going to design a startup to “kill” Twitter and maybe disrupt content distribution online, the below is what would be my stepping off point. That’s pretty much my vision for how to do it, only updated significantly for modern social media users needs.

So, that’s my vision. I wish someone would take me up on it, but because I have no money, can’t code and don’t want to learn, no one ever will. But I feel there is still a minor window of opportunity to do such a startup. I wish I could get some traction on this. It would be so cool if I could.

There are some pretty big issues that would have to be address. Chief amongst them being how would you manage an enormous amount of people using the service. The only thing I can think of is you would limit who could actually post to the service in some way. You would have to earn the right to do that.

A lot of people probably wouldn’t like that, but that’s the only way you you base a service on the old concepts of Usenet and have it work. But one issue is, I think the below is what people actually want Twitter to be. They want a real discussion platform. Which, sadly, Twitter is not.

Idle Rambling About A ‘Twitter Killer’ From A #UX #UI Standpoint

by Shelton Bumgarner

Below are some examples of later stage Usenet readers that inspire my vision for a Twitter “killer.” It just makes too much sense. If you used these Usenet clients’ designs as a stepping off point for a Website, I think you could actually get some traction. As you can tell, they don’t look anything like Reddit and I think if you gave it some thought, you could do something really cool.

As you can tell, there’s a lot you could use. If you updated this client design into something that was UX of a Website designed to “kill” Twitter and disrupt the online content distribution industry, I think something really cool could happen.

But as I keep saying, I have no money, can’t code and don’t want to learn.

Disrupting The Newspaper Business With A #Startup Based On Usenet

by Shelton Bumgarner

The issue at hand is the newspaper business is dying. It seems as though the best way to fix the problem is to completely re-imagine what a newspaper is. Newspapers have always been a platform for distributing news, but over the years they have come to have significantly great cultural meaning than that.

I propose we get down to basics and provide a platform for writers, photographers and videographers to contribute quality content to a social media platform and be paid for it. Now, if you did it right, it’d be a win-win scenario because content providers would get paid and you, the startup, would make money from advertising.

I propose you base your startup loosely on Usenet concepts. I’m the first to say something like that already exists — Reddit — but this would take the Reddit model to the next level in various ways. Producers of quality content would be recognized and monetarily rewarded. They would have to be in possession of a Verified Account, but after that things would be pretty simple.

One a Verified Account holder could start a new Group and within that Group start a new thread, which I call a Conversation. All content would be threaded and based on the Post, which would be multimedia and have a WYSIWYG editor built in. Reddit has kind of moved towards this and that would be a danger — that Reddit would co-opt all your features even if you had a lot of cool ones, but anyway, I have no money, can’t code and don’t want to learn, so this is just a daydream.

Below are some videos where I talk about this at length.