I've spent most of the last day frantically writing. I'm working on two stories at once so my brain is not-working in a logical way. However I wanted to take a break to tell you about an idea I've had. I think it's a good idea, but since I generally make bad decisions, I'd like your opinion on it. This entry is friends-locked so no one can steal this idea.
Recently, I heard about a myspace spin off called comicspace
. Comicspace is a basically myspace for people in the comic book industry and comic fans. At the same time, I kept hearing the same discussion on fanthropology
( a LJ community for fans to discuss aspects of fandom and fannish activity) that there are other services pre-livejournal that might have been better for fans to gather on. Such as mailing lists, personal websites, individual archives, etc.
And light bulbs went off in my head. Why do we fans use all the websites we do? Why don't we combine them. Right now fans use the following sites:
- Livejournal - for communities and personal journals, also forum style stuff
- Yahoo - for mailing lists
- Fanfiction.net - for posting fanfiction
- YouTube - for posting fan vids
- Sendspace - or something like it for sending files
- personal websites - for archives and personal websites
- deviantart - for posting artwork
- photobucket - or the like for posting photos and images
None, of which offer the same great profile display or search techniques as something like a myspace or a facebook.
And there's probably even more websites out there I'm not aware of that fans use.
Why not combine the services of each of these websites into one site made just for fans? A "Fanspace" or something like that, where users get an easy to make website with the same easy posting of fanfiction as FF.net has and the ability to insert a journal like livejournal has. Fans can join communities like livejournal and post a profile just like a myspace profile. Artwork, fanvids, and photos can be hosted all from one site. People can easily upload and send files. Fans will even get their own email address.
The site will make money through advertising and fees users pay like livejournal does.
The only downside is dealing with the legal fallout of fan activites. Consolidating fannish activities makes this easier to deal with. Copyright owners can be negotiated with about what they will and won't allow.
Is this a viable idea? Something you would join?
Now I have some knowledge of business and programming. But I could never build this alone. Would any of you guys know people who would be interested in this? Or is this idea a dud?