On February 12, 2007, I pitched my pal, Nelson Minar, on an idea for a web service we could build that would make it easy for people to setup their own mini-site where they could post random bits of text, photos, etc.
In retrospect, I realize that it probably never would have gotten much traction with casual users, but, hey, who knows?
Maybe someday, amirite?
STIKKIT STARTS HERE Tumbalog scratch sheet
@tumbalog tumblelog businessideas nelsonminar share firstname.lastname@example.org
Easy hosted tumblelog + [twitter and other API mashups] == MySpace for smart, wired grownups
Today, we don’t want for ways to share our stuff with friends (and the rest of the world). Sites like Flickr, Del.icio.us, Twitter, and Blogger have made it easy to broadcast what we’re seeing, reading, doing and thinking with anyone who has a web browser. So finding places to post our stuff isn’t a problem.
But — although geeky tools for aggregating feeds and calling APIs certainly exist — so far no one’s made it easy and fun to combine all your disparate threads of personal content in one cool-looking place. That’s where Tumbalog comes in.
Once you’ve created a Tumbalog account, you tell us where all your stuff lives on the web, and we mash it into a single, you-branded home page at your own personal URL. Updates on all your sites and services are added automatically, plus you can add new stuff directly to your Tumbalog using any of several easy entry points:
Add your pals’ Tumbalogs to your “friends” list, and keep up with what they’re up to from one big page.
Tumbalog gives you a single URL to show friends everything that’s going on in your world.
(very rough strawman ideas)
Ten days later, I emailed Nelson this:
Like I say, who knows? Maybe it ended up catching on.
I dunno. I don’t really follow the trades.