A couple of ideas

Couple of ideas I had over the last week for new web sites:

1) WebHQ (thanks to Otu for the name…)

I always want to know what is going on with web companies and I use a bunch of sites to keep track of relevant news (usually aggregated on Netvibes). Thing is, if I want to look up the details about how much funding a company has had, or what press releases they have put out, I have to go trawl for that.

WebHQ is a site where information about web companies is aggregated (as dynamically as possible) and where static information can be added and edited by its userbase.

2) inspired by my flatmate’s “Weekend Diary”

A web service that tells you what is going on in the future, which you could plug in to web-based calendars (for instance) to project important or interesting and relevant items onto your calendars e.g. people’s birthdays, gigs you would like, exhibition closing dates… Control your preferences through a website and have your own custom feed.

Comments welcomed!

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3 Comments

  1. Posted June 14, 2007 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    The weekend diary thing sounds interesting, a sort of amalgam of http://upcoming.yahoo.com and http://beta.plazes.com/

    What would such an idea offer above those two?

  2. Posted June 14, 2007 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    To be honest, I’m not too familiar with those services. I was imagining something where there would be a whole library of online calendars, either belonging to other services (such as upcoming, for instance…) or your friends, which you could have the system trawl for your preferences.

    I guess it’s an aggregator of online (and offline?!) calendars filtered to show what you might like.

    Would be cool if the preferences were actually coming from another service somewhere. Mmm… love chunking the web.

  3. Posted June 15, 2007 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    First of all thanks for thinking aloud and sharing ideas.

    We built a product called Watch360 that tracks companies (but mostly for changing information from their websites). It is a commercial service. There are better ways to do it now (with several new webservices and technologies available).

    WebHQ is a great idea. There are some products that do similar things with People (zoominfo). A quick way to prototype this would be to create an alert in Yahoo/Google, create a Yahoo Pipe and take all the information and aggregate it.

    You can start with a few companies (Fortune 1000 or NASDAQ or some of the others) and then let the alert system and pipes take over.

    It will be a pretty useful service.