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We as a user normally sit in the centre of our social networking universe.

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Thtat leads us to a few problems:

  • there is a huge amount of information, that come down onto us
  • we have a various of social platforms, that takes plenty of time
  • if we want to collaborate with others, we do not know, what he know

To be the head of our own universe and communicate with more or less digital friends and followers, always trying to bring some order to chaos doesn’t sounds a lot “social”.

What if we start some projects together? Fix some bikes, grill some vegetables or make a new app, in the “real” or “digital” social life?

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As you can see, some of the main problems of todays social networking can be solved:

  • The members can act as a filter, to filter all the waste of informations, that are not needed for the specific project
  • new qualities, like “skills”, “time”, personal “knowledge” enter the stage
  • and mainly a project it is about sharing, caring, communicating and interacting, which are essentials of our social being
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Probaply we again have to start right from the beginning.

But i feel our approach is still good.

Our goal is :

To create a tool, that use the huge potential of the internet, to connect people and share knowledge and datas, to enable people, plan, organize and accomplish projects (like collaboration-software)->BUT with an attractive, well conceived and first of all simple design, for the facebook-generation, with an subtile backround of actionism (social, ecological, political projects).

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I think, beside the two “spheres” work world and private life more and more there will be a third: the social actionism (actual examples are urban farming, self-organizied bars, community supported agriculture etc.:

it’s an intersection, where you can share your professional skills and social atributes in an context of cooperation. This group would be my “target group”, because both in the private world and the business: egoism rules. And very often in groups, cooperations, organizations of “strangers with a good will”: true togetherness appears.

Let us create a cooperation tool.

on one’s own account:

my english is not the best. is there someone, who would like to revise my posts?

It is an open secret, that our society suffers from a lack of humanity. We enjoy countless products of consumtion, but at the back of one’s mind we know, that those things werde produced by people, who mostly have no part in our prosperity.
Who would like to work in a clothing factory up to 16 hours a day? We weare them trousers.
We don’t like to do boring stuff. How is our computer produced, we are using at the moment?

With the internet there is a new oportunity:

We can meet us! And we can share our knowledge. For free.

Thats what the “social” in social network means to us. That we can create social contacts to all kind of people, poor and rich, black and white, all around the country. For poor people it is now much easier to get knowledge. You can find almost every information in the web! Rich people can inform themselves and there known much better about the things that happen around the world.

That is why social networks need to stay free and not directed by the interests of global opinion makers try to distract us from the worker, who tails us that valuable trousers we’re wearing.

As you can see, most of the users use the internet to get informations and to contact with others.

Why at the moment there is no real platform, where we can combine both in a productive way?

More and more people want to stop just being a consumer. Neither of informations nor of products. They want to create the products of their daily use by themselves.

There are huge social network platforms with over 1 bn. users. But there is no space, where they can share their ideas, projects and dreams and get help to create something new.

Our vision is, to build a platform, where you can discuss, form or dream your projects with other people. Where everyone can share his/her skills and knowledge to bild small and big things out of our own minds and hands.

There are too much platforms, where i can inform my friends about the qualitiy of my breakfast, but not much about the constructive realization  of all our dreams.

We have two cerebral  hemispheres, the left and the right. Both have different functions:

As you can see, the left hemisphere is the part of structure, clear information and text. The right side is creativ, chaotic, artistical. The main design of websites are definitly for the light hemisphere: it has a straight logic format, lines, letters, lists etc.
But our artistic, creative and holistic mind of the right site is neglected.
To use both parts of the brain, it is usefull to work with mindmaps.
It was invented by an british Psychologist to implement all qualities of our brain.

If we create contend with the format of mindmap, we work with both sides of our brain. It is much easier to handle and process information and contend. Groups who are organized like this modell are much more effective.

From the first brainstroming until the last presentation, we can organize databases and projects much better and we oversee in one view the whole thing. We can realize very fast which part we can change and update, where we have to work and develop.

There are an unlimited variety of apps, that can be added in our platform.

The basic plugins of social networking as there are by facebook, twitter, rss-feed and some blog sites can be sure to be in the first version of our platform. this enhance the connectivity to other social media platforms.

Second are the tools of business and community collaboration like statistics, to-do-list, note, callendar, voice-chat etc.

Also the possibility of full-sharing datas, medias (like videos, photos etc.) and documents can be mentioned as a capital step to our connectivity-network. it could be realized in implementing other platforms like flickr,dropbox,skype,youtube and openoffice for documents. Maybe it will be possible, to edit documents live and online.

Another main function will be the creation of knowledge-databases to share with friends like wikipedia. The structure of mindmap can focus an easy and intuitive way to get into knowledge. Cooperations with platforms like wikipedia can be possible.

There are a millions of other possibilities. Feel invited to think of some 🙂

You can see here a small preview of some of the functions of the final version:
create a bubble, insert an app and connect other bubbles to a network.
You can use the programm in your browser or as an app at your mobile device.

The preview was built by our Designer in order to show first ideas of design and functions to an interested audience.

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Update (Nov 2012): We desided to  use PHP.

We are questioning the opa language at the moment!!

Our reasons:

  • very bad documented
  • some functions doesn’t work propperly
  • draggable functions dont work on smartphones
  • animations are not opa’s strength
  • not much people know about it -> bad support

we are looking for alternatives!
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Why we chose our programer language: Long time we were discussing about the right script. First we started in jquery, but after we fount opa (http://opalang.org) we felt, this is the right way to go. Even if it is not popular at the moment. Together with html 5 & CSS 3 this will be our base!

Short info about opa: Opa is an open source language for scalable web applications. It can be used at server and client-site: your write in one code and opa compile it to the several scripts. This is why you can generate seperate virutal tasks and conent in one window easily.

For our project we need the freedom of navigation like with opa. We also want to have a good interaction with desktop-navigation.

Other codes we were thinking about: ruby-on-rails, node.js, python.

The idea began end of 2011. At this time i was thinking about a network of people who creat there own space but in real. That means they would have a little pice of land and can decide, what is built there. I planned with a community of a few hundred people. (see for that the project-page:http://socialvillage.lima-city.de (in German).  For that venture we needed a plattform, which integrate tools of organizational management, process developement and social networking. That kind of platform did not exist.

Our first idea about it was, that if we create a platform, it will be project-based not people-based like all the other plattforms.
That is because the focus in our network is an activity not the jabber of many people.

Second is, that in our village-project we need a lot of categories, like a business-category, a science-category, a main-category, a landscape-category etc. And this categories will hace some under-categories.
But at first, not we, but the people’s needs and acticitiys creates the categories, there are not fixed (they come and disapear with their need):

That reminds us to the structure of mindmap, which helps uncategorized notions to be organized in a system, that is very close to our way of thinking.
So we started to combine the social-network-idea with mindmap.

But the third step was, that we would need some advanced tools, like to-do-lists, chats, picture-sharing, vote-tools etc. to develop a usable working surface for a community who plan to develop a real village.-> The apps came into it. With that little tools, we have the opportunity to create simple programs in all kind of ways to solve mostly all problems of developing, organizing and deciding in a social community.

In the end we realized, that this is not just a tool for this projects, it could be the tool for a lot of social, private and economical projects, that need a good structure of communication and exchange of information in one plattform in a very intuitive and brain-friendly design.

I am very happy, that I can involve you into the developement of our project!

We made some suggestions for the raw design and if you want, you can vote and discuss our product.

It is also possible, if you have your own ideas, to share it with us, so finally we together find the best design!

Please vote for the best design and leave some comments with your ideas and wishes!
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