Weeks 10/11/12

I would like to see an application developed that allows for spontaneous event planning. Think Facebook events, but with the default set to being public. I imagine the service being gamified to entice more people to use it, and for there to be a variety of sorting methods to allow the consumers greater control over what results they see (and see first) when determining their plans for the night/weekend. There will also be a number of controls for the “producers” of the event, including privacy options for closed groups.

My other feature that could be discussed in my final would be an adaptation of Reddit that takes advantage of Facebook and Google’s algorithms to give a new sorting option based on what subreddits the site thinks the consumer would like to see.

Expanding upon the first idea, my paper is going to be a design proposal for the social spontaneous event planning idea, and here is the outline for how I imagine the paper going:

  • Introduction with an emphasis on the need for such an app

  • Point out the flaws in the Facebook event app and why it has essentially failed

  • Look at other event planning apps that have failed
  • Start to draw the connection that most of the apps that have apparent “success” cover a certain niche, so while most people haven’t heard of them, they’re quite good at what they do just within their respective communities
  • Begin to get into the actual text, starting with a basic outline of the different features
  • Specifically look at the different sorting functions, the default of having events open to the public, and its initial release as closed within the NYUSH community
  • Explain the tradeoffs of each of the features that were looked at in detail (the tradeoff with the default of the sorting abilities)
  • Get into the bit about what will likely happen: gain popularity amongst NYUSH people carving out a dedicated niche and overtaking orgsync, once it is used actively by NYUSH people, open up to NYU students overall when the NYUSH people are studying away and can promote it, take hold amongst the NYU population before eventual opening to the public, which will then take hold because of its use in major cities across the world.
  • NYU alum tend to become pretty famous, talk about how having famous users will prompt further use
  • Also talk about how it can be used as a political tool for spontaneous organization amongst “rebel” groups, how it will likely be banned by the Chinese gov’t
  • Conclusion with wrap up about how the tool will be useful for both the first world college student, trying to find a party for the night, and the oppressed citizen trying to topple a corrupt government across the world.

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