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I wish someone could invent an app that would get to know the user’s habits, preferences, talents, and interests in depth and without selling to or sharing any of that information with other companies. Instead, users would pay a small monthly fee to keep it going or opt to see ads if they wanted the free version. Companies who wanted to use it to find new customers, employees, or volunteers would pay a larger monthly fee.
We’d start using it by filling out a survey and sharing updates on how we spent our time in many different areas of life.
The app would then start to recommend people, experiences, events, volunteer gigs or maybe even actual job advertisements to us. The more information it had about your likes and dislikes, the better it’s recommendations could be.
For example, if you loved Jazz, it could let you know about any upcoming concerts or festivals within X number of miles or kilometres of your location. You could also opt in if you wanted to make friends or find romantic partners who shared that hobby. Anyone who was a Jazz musician could receive tips on restaurants or other places that were looking for live musicians, and people or companies who wanted to hire one could do likewise.
There have been multiple times when I heard about something I would have loved to attend or apply to work/volunteer for after the fact. I’ve often wished for a centralized way to be notified about stuff I enjoy doing and meet others who shared those same interests.
If it were moderated correctly, I think it would be a fantastic tool for networking, finding a great job, building communities, making friends, meeting a new life partner, advertising to niche audiences, and so much more.