IDEA #108: Today In My History


I’m going through the past few years of ideas that are in my moleskine notebooks. Some of the ideas are really lacking, but might give you an idea? All of these ideas are yours for the taking.  Don’t forget my archive of 100+ web startup ideas.

This could also be ‘Today in History’ or ‘Today in our History’. The idea is that everyone has more important dates in their lives than just their anniversary and birthday. I have always been fascinated by Birthday Alarm, which I feel is one of the most viral ideas ever. This idea was from 2007 when I came up with it. Here were some notes:

  • Allow friends/people to add important days
  • “on this day in…”
  • On your homepage, you’ll see all the important dates inputted by your friends and ability to send them ecards. [Think how Facebook shows you birthday reminders each day, but now you’d know other special days in people’s lives — when their child was born, or when they started a diet, or conquered cancer, etc]
  • Ability/ease to add a special/important event to today
  • … “in this day in 2007, Ohio State lost to Purdue 54-7”
  • … “Steve went and saw Of Montreal with Krista”
  • … birthdays, anniversaries, etc
  • Ability to add friends to a particular day/event
  • search stuff
  • tag stuff; categorize?
  • Phase 2: send ecards and virtual gifts
  • names for the site/app: “What did you do?”, Today in History
  • Commenting on event/days
  • Phase 2: add photos to event/days/moments
  • click on a friend to see everything you two did together and when
  • Monetize: ads; real gifts; virtual gifts
  • Viralness: user adds dates and associates friends to those dates
  • Why do this idea? viral; easy; fun
  • Why users use it? learn more about themselves and friends; diary of sorts
I still think this idea has potential. Maybe as a Facebook app, or as an independent mobile app. There’s already sites that’ll tell you historic events and celebrity birthdays that happen on every day, but people care about themselves and their friends… and are interested in that stuff.