You all know what a social network is right? So, lets skip the first paragraph about what are social networks and how awesome they are.
The Story is short. I was thinking about some random things yesterday. Suddenly, realized All Social Networks are handling Relationships Wrong. I’ll explain, All social Networks have groups like friends, acquaintances etc. Lets say you go to Golf Club and Strip Club, and you have acquaintances in both places, you’d put them both in the same group. But, Such a group without context of what it means to us, is really not doing any good.
I’ve had Friends Grouped Like that forever, maybe, circled like that for a month. That is No good. Your acquaintance group or friend group are never going to be any good.
So, the solution?
Acquaintance, Friends, and Best Friends are not group of people, Its the level of social value you assign to each person in context of their role. May be this is not the best way to explain it. So, This is my napkin, where I sketched this.
So, According to this perspective, Once We’ve Added a person to a Group say, Golf Club and another person to Strip Club. We Assign each of them Level of Relationship from barely know to Best Friend, Depending on the standards of Golf Club and Strip Club Separately (Damn! I don’t really want my site to rank for the keyword
If you already don’t see, how this is useful to organize friends. If you organize a super secret important project, then you can invite all best friends from work. when you share your vacation photos, you can share it with, family, good friends and above in personal group, Best friends and above from work and so on.
Notice, Every Group (context of how user knows them) has different trust levels. User can share things with particular group of people, who meet particular trust level.
So this is the idea. Here is a mockup I’ve done.
I really don’t feel like building a social network from scratch, so, if you think it is useful, take it and run with it. Thanks for taking your time to read one of my random thought.