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A New Online Business Concept
dailypress




msg:3929563
 2:06 pm on Jun 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have had a new business idea for a few months now and have been very excited to start this new website however due to personal reasons I will not be following it through. I am quitting my job in a few months, leaving the US to start something new and start a different lifestyle.
Anyway, in short I would like to share this idea with members of WebmasterWorld before my leave to hopefully see someone follow it through (that’s if they like the idea).
In brief here is my new website plan which I had planned to work on full time:

Lets call the site “eHome” for now.

eHome would be a site where visitors would register and go through the settings “only once”: (i.e. include which application they would want to use (Yahoo, Hotmail, MySpace, Facebook…, and save their username and passwords on this site). This new website would then notify them of any new messages each time they are logged in.

Something similar to the Blackberry or iPhone [with the mentioned applications installed] but rather online.

iGoogle lets you customize your own setting, however does not have the ability to install Yahoo, Facebook, MySpace, Orkut…etc applications. iPhone does however it is not online. A combination of these two could be “eHome”

Since more and more users check their social network sites more often than emails AND it is the new way of communication, I think a site like “eHome” could have the potential of being the home page of many registered users. As new websites such as Twitter and more and more social network sites develop, all “eHome” would need are the new applications installed!

I realized I have personally saved a lot of time getting notifications through blackberry rather than having to login several times a day to see whether or not I have a new message on Facebook, or a new email on several of my email accounts! Hence the reason why I think something similar to “Saving the World Time” could be the motto of this website!

What do you guys think?

 

cyfree




msg:3929629
 3:10 pm on Jun 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

you means use iphone make money ?

dailypress




msg:3929700
 4:45 pm on Jun 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

you means use iphone make money?
Im not sure what you mean. The concept is an online business. A similar application as the iPhone or Blackberry, but online. (An online Alerter or new emails and messages basically)

It would be a site that centralizes all of your accounts keeps you posted of new mail, new messages on your social network accounts, etc...

HugeNerd




msg:3929979
 10:22 pm on Jun 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

Is this an ad-supported model? I am curious as to how one would generate revenue -- the idea is great, but I'm not sure I see it being very profitable.

Allow me to explain:
Knowing my own web habits, I would log-in once to do the set-up from home and have it send an RSS to my work email, which I have no choice but to sit in front of all day. I would then have all of my updates in a very convenient spot...until my office's spam filter caught on and started blocking the notices because of the volume. At no point after the initial set-up would I go back to the site and click on links to generate revenue for the webmaster who offered me this great service! I suppose you could try to include ads on the notice emails, but that would probably cause most of the inbounds to be blocked by spam filters just the same.

Or, if you make it so they must be logged in to the actual website...it would simply be blocked on most corporate machines the same way Facebook and MySpace already are...and once again miss out on AdSense revenue.

Granted, your potential user base is HUGE, so even if only 1% are logged in at any time, that could still be 2+ million users, which means A LOT of AdSense clicks.

How were you envisioning it working?

Also, and maybe most important, good luck with the move and new life! Where ya headed to, if you don't mind me being nosey?

dailypress




msg:3930067
 2:21 am on Jun 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

(An online Alerter or new emails and messages basically)
Sorry there was a typo: (An online Alerter OF new emails and messages basically)

I suppose you could try to include ads on the notice emails,

This site wouldnt sent out emails. It would only notify you of new emails or social network messages and basically link you directly to the new messages w/o having you to login again. Take a look at your iPhone, you know when it alerts you: 1 New Facebook Msg and then you click on it and it directly goes to your message?

Is this an ad-supported model? I am curious as to how one would generate revenue -- the idea is great, but I'm not sure I see it being very profitable.

Well other than 1)programming and 2)security for such a website, I think 3) Marketing and 4)Monetizing such a website would be the two most difficult tasks and therefore I can not answer your question.

If Facebook and Twitter are having problems on monetizing their sites, Im sure I don’t have a simple solution either.
However, initially I had thought putting up an ad would be a good idea to generate revenue especially that such a website would not require lots of bandwidth.

I am not pursuing this project and only wanted to share this idea with WW community and discuss the pros and cons of such a website since I think it’s a great idea and could have great potential. Even if one of the big guys here likes the concept and make this site happen and makes a fortune, I would still be proud to have thought of this idea. I dont have a sponsor and right team/skills to pursue such a project.

Can it be the new homepage for millions of users?

I thought of the name Timester.com – Saving the World Time could be the domain and motto.

Or, if you make it so they must be logged in to the actual website...it would simply be blocked on most corporate machines the same way Facebook and MySpace already are...and once again miss out on AdSense revenue.

Considering that this site would provide direct links to your new messages on Yahoo, Hotmail,... emails and many companies also block email websites I also don’t have a solution for that. However, I don’t think corporate policies on websites should determine whether or not and how to pursue a project. + If the company blocks the website, that would prevent employees from accessing the site during work but would also save on bandwidth, right? So I wouldn’t be worried about those users as much: no-visitor-access = no bandwidth cost.

MrHard




msg:3930112
 5:02 am on Jun 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Putting content and messages from these other places and social networks on the ehome page could be useful, but would they allow you to do it since you would be basically shifting traffic and thus money away from them to you?

Or, would you have to make an agreement with them to share revenue going into the red hoping your idea would pay off?

If there is no content on the ehome page, but it just saves the step of logging into multiple places, browsers already do this with usernames and passwords so it would not be much help.

anand84




msg:3930211
 8:35 am on Jun 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have not used Netvibes, but do they offer similar updates on their site as well?

tangor




msg:3930222
 8:49 am on Jun 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

dailypress: intriguing idea. Can't see how to monetize it. Can only see Money Pit looming. Meanwhile, all the best in relocation and reinvention! After all, when all is said and done all we have is ourselves.

dailypress




msg:3930699
 7:15 pm on Jun 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Putting content and messages from these other places and social networks on the ehome page could be useful, ...

If there is no content on the ehome page, but it just saves the step of logging into multiple places, browsers already do this with usernames and passwords so it would not be much help.

There will not be content on it. Just alerts such as (1 New Facebook Msg) or (2 New Yahoo mails) just like your iPhone.

dailypress: intriguing idea. Can't see how to monetize it.
Well Facebook just sold a few shares for several million dollars although they are also having trouble monetizing their site. So although I will not be pursuing such a project, I do have lots of faith in it and am almost sure the right people/team can make it happen.

Meanwhile, all the best in relocation and reinvention!
Thank you! :)

anand84




msg:3931854
 7:21 am on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Dailypress, I just checked with Netvibes to see that they offer email alerts too. Is that what you are looking at?

StoutFiles




msg:3931887
 8:12 am on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Take a look at your iPhone, you know when it alerts you: 1 New Facebook Msg and then you click on it and it directly goes to your message?

Facebook already has an app for this. Most sites also email their members when someone does something. Also, most people enjo logging in to these sites everyday just for the hell of it, so they wouldn't need the middleman.

However, it could be useful. It's not something I'd invest time/money in to, but I could see it being successful. If anyone pulled it off, I'd be one of the first in line to say congrats.

dailypress




msg:3932004
 12:37 pm on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

I just checked with Netvibes to see that they offer email alerts too
I cant check the site from my work computer. It is blocked. But reading the wikipedia description about it, it is a similar concept but allowing Social Network (which is fortunately/ or unfortunately the new way of communication) app's as well.
Facebook already has an app for this. Most sites also email their members when someone does something. Also, most people enjoy logging in to these sites everyday just for the hell of it, so they wouldn't need the middleman.
Yes, you are absolutely right. But wouldn’t it be nice to have all alerts on one page? + It may help filter receiving 1 million emails when a group of people reply to a thread and you get alerts for every one of them + I think people enjoy logging in awaiting new messages. Im not sure if they get excited clicking the Login button. ;)
StoutFiles




msg:3932021
 1:04 pm on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

But wouldn’t it be nice to have all alerts on one page? + It may help filter receiving 1 million emails when a group of people reply to a thread and you get alerts for every one of them + I think people enjoy logging in awaiting new messages. Im not sure if they get excited clicking the Login button. ;)

Assuming it's legal and all, it could work. Whomever stars this task would need to be 100% sure it is legal. Otherwise, yes, if built correctly and advertised well it would make some money.

dailypress




msg:3932047
 1:44 pm on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

What would/could be illegal about it? Dont we have similar sites such as iGoogle already? or Netvibes (although I still didnt get a chance to view it; maybe after work)

StoutFiles




msg:3932097
 2:39 pm on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

After checking out Netvibes, it seems they do pretty much what you're talking about, plus a lot more. Very cool site.

dailypress




msg:3932128
 3:08 pm on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

cool. has it become popular? I will have to check it out later today after work.

dailypress




msg:3936126
 4:56 pm on Jun 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

these domains that I had considered for this project are all taken:

[snip]

[edited by: phranque at 11:41 pm (utc) on June 18, 2009]
[edit reason] No urls, please. See TOS [webmasterworld.com] [/edit]

Justin billy




msg:3942966
 6:57 am on Jun 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

I would really want to say thanks for sharing this opportunity for all who love to start a business online.

anand84




msg:3950552
 6:28 am on Jul 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

cool. has it become popular?

It has. Otherwise, I would have been banned by WebmasterWorld for taking names of websites ;)

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