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Do we really need more social networks? Here are four networking sites that need to exist.

by Jerry Silfwer // Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
Spin Doctor & Copywriter // Spin Factory

Do we really need more social networks?

Well, I think so.

I do spend quite some time on networking sites already. Still, I want more of them.

Here are four social networks that need to exist:

“Muzak”

The idea: Express yourself through music.

What if it was easy for people to mix and mash music? To a great extent, the technology can help with the apparent lack of talent, making it easy for tone-deaf amateurs to make their creations sound pretty awesome. Apple’s GarageBand is nearly there as far as apps go, but you need to be able to sample popular music — and the whole creative process must, of course, be social.

“Strippy”

The idea: Express yourself through comics.

Upload images of yourself and create your Superhero-avatar in 3D and, then, easily create scenes and storylines. Change “camera angles” and move your characters into position by using your mouse to adjust your characters’ joints. Filters can then give your strips an artistic, unique and coherent feel. Now, add some text to your story and — there you go! — your own animated comic strip featuring yourself.

“Misty”

The idea: Express yourself through world creation.

Allow people to create worlds like they already do in the computer games. Second Life took a hit and we’re a little bit scared of this, but that doesn’t mean it was a bad idea. But instead of just porn clubs and casinos, only allow people to create architectural structures and terraform majestic landscapes — and place it all on top of Google Maps so visitors can “travel” and co-create these worlds. And, of course, it should be easy to export Youtube videos of walkthroughs.

“Novella”

The idea: Express yourself through automated short stories.

Great stories have strong drama and they follow certain storytelling elements. A questionnaire guides you through a set of variables for your creation; “On a scale of 0-100, how dark do you want your short story to be?” And so on. Then you hit ‘Play’ and the application pushes the characters to act out based on your statistical data, much like automated gameplay. You get a written script which you then can tweak manually or add additional ‘story filters’; maybe you want to change the setting from New York City to Victorian Era? Click.

What kind of social network are you longing for? Please share your vision in the comments!

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Author:

Jerry Silfwer is the author of Doctor Spin, a PR blog that's been around for 15+ years. Via his agency Spin Factory, Jerry is advising brands on how to adapt to a 'digital first' world. In 2016, Cision Scandinavia named him "PR Influencer of the Year". Jerry lives in Stockholm, Sweden with his wife Lisah, news anchor and television host, and their three-year-old son, Jack.


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Niclas Johansson

Cool ideas! Isn’t turntable.fm sort of a viable representation of the first one? I’m ALL for more niched networks. The tribal society #FTW

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Doctor Spin

I used to be turntable.fm-junkie until I moved back to Stockholm (it doesn’t seem to be working very well here). But yes, I agree! They should allow for more elaborate mixing though.

Niclas Johansson

Yeah, haven’t gotten an opportunity to try it out myself for that reason. Looks like a cool service though. 

It’s funny, just the same day of your post I had a conversation with @yearzeroswe:twitter on twitter about how there should be room for a social network that allows for more contemplation, more reflection and less bullshit surface/facade. 

The blogosphere has this, one could argue – but it’s not the most social type of media platform nowadays. True conversation, that’d be something.

Doctor Spin

Exciting times, indeed.

Niclas Johansson

Yeah, haven’t gotten an opportunity to try it out myself for that reason. Looks like a cool service though. 

It’s funny, just the same day of your post I had a conversation with @yearzeroswe:twitter on twitter about how there should be room for a social network that allows for more contemplation, more reflection and less bullshit surface/facade. 

The blogosphere has this, one could argue – but it’s not the most social type of media platform nowadays. True conversation, that’d be something.

Peter Harich

Movieme – everything anyone would ever want to say is probably already said in a movie, take shots of your face from different angles with your webcam, write what you want to say and Movieme searches through every movie ever made to find an actor saying that exact same line or something simular. Replaces the actors face with yours automatically and voila, your videopost has been posted.

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Doctor Spin

Love it.