I'm building a Saas product
It's called Narrowr and it is a social link-sharing platform. What that is you ask? Well it's a mix of social network and bookmarking app... kind of. You share links to content you enjoy with the people you're connected with. In return you receive links from every person you follow. It's kind of like a recomendation, like "Hey I've read this brilliant article today, here it is". On top of that you can discover new content outside your circle through topics that you follow.
However there's a twist: Users get to share only one link per day.
They also have to state why they like it.
That artificial constraint has a couple of benefits:
- Curation. People are forced to think about what they post before they do, potentially leading to better content.
- Less noise. Other social media platforms get exhausting, when you follow over 50 people who post on a regular basis. There is no way to find the gems in all the content you receive.
- Potential to create a more human-friendly platform that doesn't reward being online all day. When you've read 10 posts from 10 people you follow, you're done for the day.
I like to think of it as a chance to also build a platform that respects its users as much as possible. That is why I want to refrain from using any third-party tracking, pop-ups, on-site ads and anything else that's in the way of a super neat user experience.
It's not so much about the money, as it is about actually solving a problem I think exists in today's social media landscape. I hope people are willing to pay as much a coffe per month to get a groovy experience as described above.
PS: My research showed that the idea has already been tried before and failed. Andrew Golis had the same idea 4-5 years back with this.cm. Here's more about the shut down from back then. I do believe it was more focused on media outlets though and not so much on people fatigued by social media. Also there was no clear revenue model from the get go. That being said, I'm late to the party and even though it did not work out, I think there are some take aways and I'm willing to give this idea another shot.
Let's see how it goes!← back home