|To start off, this idea competes a bit with Gmail, Facebook, quora, etc. The idea is trying to improve on online communication at a very fundamental and disruptive way.|
Current technologies are not made for discussions. Mail is too slow, and not dynamic. Built keeping in regard the 1970s architecture. Chat(Gchat) is too temporary. It is more for casual chit-chat rather than proper discussions that would happen in say, office boardrooms. Facebook is for social, and is not a good medium to do intellectual discussions. Also, it is limited to facebook friends. Even Gchat is limited to people who share a certain level of comfort. I also don't have the email ID of everyone I want to discuss with. Twitter is too short. Its more like advertising than proper discussions.
Thus, I have an idea of making a website which would allow you to discuss with anyone, people in or out of your friend list, google contacts. The discussion would be private. A small flick of switch could make this public, which then would make this website to discussions what quora is for questions/answers.
Quora has been an inspiration for this idea. It is the first time in the internet that I have had access to knowledge: solid knowledge based on experience. The thrill of being able to talk to celebrities and experts inside a well-defined context is amazing.
The discussion thread would be searchable, reference-able, permanent, and yet dynamic. There would be no page reloads. Discussions online should be as fluid as if face-to-face. This could be done by using frameworks like meteor.
Any discussion on this? ;) :)