Currently, I am stuck in a long-term project and really had the desire to build and finish a small app - I guess some of you can relate.
So this weekend, I built Wishminer, a little tool which searches social media for app ideas that people wish for. I hope it can be helpful to some of you. It's fairly basic and nowhere close to perfect, but I would appreciate your advice on how to improve it.
1) clustering similar ideas, for example when I looked at it there were multiple about finding friends. Related, you could build an reddit-style ranking instead of a purely temporal one
2) if you want to turn it into a product, maybe a way to share “hey, this is exactly my app”... saw some similar comments here. Probably you’ll have to work on anti-spam too :)
Good luck, great project so far!
2) Could potentially also be helpful as email alerts, so that an app maker gets notified when someone wishes for his app so that he can reach out on Twitter. Commenting on Wishminer itself will probably not be seen by the 'wisher'.
I saw one instance where it sounded like they had a computer, but not a laptop. (Or they were stuck in the computer lab.) Another said they wish they had a computer to help them jump-start a career for their family.
And like my sibling post points out, sometimes the laptops that are available for $150-200 really are pretty terrible. When you have a limited budget, it isn't appealing to save up for something, and then you buy it, and it's buggy or painfully slow, or unable to run the software you'd need it to for your classes.
And finally, when you don't have a lot of money, and you don't already have a good computer yourself, and you maybe haven't learned all the tricks, you don't know how to find a "good" laptop on the internet. (Not that it's wildly hard - Amazon has some decent ones, depending on price point... but you won't be coming from a place of confidence in your buying skills.)
The next step up seems to be - how many compromises can I avoid at my price point? (This is super common on SlickDeals: you see $600-1000 laptops, and people pick apart the CPU, the GPU, the weight, the screen technology, the HDD vs SSD, the amount of RAM, the build quality. None of them get all of those right because if they did, they would be $1200+ laptops, not deals!)
That said I know of programs in this city where disadvantaged people can apply to purchase refurbished laptops for between 30 and 100 CAD. They won’t get you far in the work world but they might get you through a boot camp or part time management of an EBay account or job search and some online courses, etc. (Toronto)
There could be more of that, yeah? I haven’t had to go to that route. But I can attest to the ability to get to that next rung being strengthened by having the correct tool.
There are people who know they don't need a $1200 computer, but also don't want a $100 one that crashes when you open the sixth browser tab.
Chromebooks are perfectly positioned to totally occupy this middle-ground with a fast-ish machine that just works, I don't know why they haven't pulled it off yet.
I found this really interesting at the time because most restaurants wouldn’t like to describe any of their food as “bland”! But sometimes that’s exactly what you want—if you’re sick, hung over, a picky eater, or very sensitive to textures/flavours (e.g. with ASD)—and you may not have the energy or time to prepare something for yourself.
1. Not much info at the top of the page, could use a description, especially mentioning the goal of trying to help people fulfill these wishes. (I initially thought this was more of a selfish goal of mining/stealing ideas)
2. All the wishes seem to be from Twitter, apart from one Reddit item. Maybe a filter to categorize the different sources, or a total from each source at the top of the page.
Very cool though, thanks for sharing and I hope you continue to work on it!
Twitter is the dominant source at the moment. Yeah, maybe filtering by source could be useful, just wondering if reddit in this case would be too sparse. I'll try to add more sources, but couldn't find any other good ones so far.
What's the closest to this? Is there an app where you can specify a destination/price/date and have a 1 click checkout with your bookings and tickets?
Google flights is probably the closest to one click though. Super fast to view destinations and prices without much effort.
Edit: changed link to the correct one.
With that, I thought people stopped using them because most find some value in planning their vacations themselves, and the barrier to doing so got easy enough for them to do it. There's a huge subjective component to a lot of choices involved in a holiday. A travel agent seems ideal for someone willing to give up control of those specifics, that just wants to be able to send an email that reads something like "15-28th August. Portugal. I'm thinking something involving forests" and be done with planning.
I like the idea of a travel agent and have tried many times, also for company travel, tried them; I have never had quotes less than 2x higher than finding myself. And others have similar results. Experiences may differ but this is what we generally find in NL / UK.
This is genius (the site, not the above idea).
Was definitely addicted in moving down to see more.
Im sharing this with my friend right now.
Note that you're rewriting html entities to their readable counterpart, eg:
Loved & Found
Not too far off. If you get in the habit of putting dirty dishes in the washer there’s no reason it can’t detect a full load and start a cycle. Could even integrate a soap reservoir so you don’t have to even do that every day.
There’s a big difference between an app that does my dishes and an app that controls an expensive and space-consuming machine that does my dishes.
Yes, you can’t have a $1 digital phone app that does the dishes on its own, but I think that was OP’s point.
How about an app that let’s you hire people to come to your house and wash your dishes? All you need (after initial setup) is a single tap.
My startup, DshWshr, is close to launching and we’ll revolutionise the dish washing space.
: I’m joking.
Best of luck!
How do you do it?
For getting the data, I'm using a worker written in Python, which queries the Twitter and Reddit APIs and does some regex filtering before writing it to the database. In the future, it could be interesting to experiment with more advanced NLP techniques for filtering/grouping/classifying.
Filtering could benefit from knowing what other syntax ( phrases ) would map to wishes, broadening the coverage.
Would love to work on this --let me know if you're open to that.
Either way, this is a useful project
That site lets you type in some key words and then it finds what questions people are searching for on Google based on those keywords (with prefixes like "who", "what", "where", and search suggestions).
Then it makes a nice big graph of the questions.