Herewith some notes on a few things that I might build with Ning if you don't do it first.
- Some kind of generic pool ladder app (I actually started this and called it Thing Ladder, but I didn't get very far). Challenge people up to n places in front, swap if you win. That kind of thing. I want to extend it to games for more than two players (Scrabble, actually) but I havenâ€™t thought it through yet about how the scoring should affect the position shifts.
- A bit like the Thing Ladder, some kind of app for managing a Whatever Tournament or a Whatever League. With photos and comments from each game of Whatever. If Ning apps can receive email then email/SMS entry of results becomes possible (maybe).
- Some kind of Gig Listings Web App for bands/fans (all the cool kids use myspace to do this, and itâ€™ll be hard to wean them off, but myspace doesnâ€™t integrate very well with people's own sites so I think thereâ€™s an opening there). It should probably focus on a local music scene (city/genre/label?) and be easily cloneable to new niches. With photos and ratings and "my gigs" and stuff, of course. Like evnt/evdb/upcoming in a sense in that it's a point to organise around afterwards and 'map' the sceneâ€¦ Everything2 used to have articles for meetups where people would propose a party, and then afterwards there would be this flurry of 'aftermath' nodes, it was really great. You see it on music forums now, with "first home" threads about a club night or gig, with drunken discussion way past bedtime. Would be nice to formally support this, but the local forum/band forum/myspace stanglehold might be too tight. Something like DrownedInSound's gig pages (who's going, etc.) but again with a small groups/scene focus.
- Some kind of Amazon Film Night/Swap Shop/Peer Rentals appâ€¦ Steve wanted to build-a-better-wishlist for Amazon and have Amazon recommendations become properly aware of stuff you already own and stuff youâ€™ve already said you want to own, that kind of thing. I figure that sharing those wishlists among small groups means that people can say "donâ€™t buy that, Iâ€™ll lend you it" or, for associates fee mojo, "if you buy that, Iâ€™ll watch it with you at the weekend". Some kind of thing to get people to share lists of media and organise around them. With cover art and ratings and stuff, of course.
- Some kind of Playlist Sharing App, but aimed at small groups where itâ€™s practical to also burn the playlist to CD and share it with everyone, or for copyright free music. You might do a playlist and offer 5 copies, and other people might ask to be notified of your new playlists and claim a copy of the ones they like the sound of. Artwork and comments and stuff, of course. A bit like art of the mix but with the balls to actually trade the music. May only work in Canada and Norway, and probably done better by Art of the Mix and Last.fm groups already.