I like the word temporal, it’s fun. The first time I came across it was working with Apama’s complex event processing engine. Apama’s product was created by a bunch of really smart guys with good academic background.
They used big words.
The events that Apama specialized in (and still does under the stewardship of my former employer Software AG) is due to its unique product architecture. The details are irrelevant here, it’s enough to know that Apama is really good at correlating and ‘eventing’ based on location and time (hence the word ’temporal’).
I haven’t used it, but Yik Yak is an anonymous location-based social network. Unlike the currently popular social networks, where you connect to people you know perhaps with some differentiation around how you know them (for me, Facebook is for friends, LinkedIn for my connected work network, and twitter for a random network leaning heavily towards work), Yik Yak connects you to people who are nearby.
Basing the social network on location/proximity Yik Yak is differentiating. It also opens the mind to explore new use cases that perhaps aren’t obvious or relevant from a different perspective.
The Temporal Vector
Why not time as another differentiating vector?
My son’s 2nd birthday was yesterday. We used Evite to invite people. Everyone took photos, but we’re all busy parents. And it’s our kids who are friends, not really the parents or the nannies (and certainly not the combination of nannies and parents). I’ve gotten a couple of photos and videos from other parents, but not many. Everyone was taking pictures the whole time, myself included. It’s just too hard to share. I can’t look at every photo/video and decide which to share with who. Too many decisions. Besides…
do I really want a bigger pile of photos and videos that I need to make time to organize anyways?
Why can’t all the artifacts of the event contain the context of the event (my son’s second birthday) so that anyone who participated can share, regardless of whether we’re connected on Facebook?
Wouldn’t it be great if Evite created a temporal social network that started with the invite and ended with something like Storehouse as a way to create a composite of the event? Somehow Evite could notify attendees that we’d like people to share photos or kind words, and that we’ve shared photos of their kids. All those photos could be composed into a memory book created and published by Storehouse. I might create a book of my son’s birthday, but I might also create a memory book of his second year birthday parties (by vectoring his identity across all the time-based events in which he’s participated). It’s easy to see how this could be monetized even without ads.
It’s not limited to parents of course. My company just finished our annual customer conference. While some connections made might indeed lead to LinkedIn connections or Twitter interest, wouldn’t it be great to have a social network for the event (that wasn’t transient and so was available even after the event)?
I know there are conference apps that have social features. I suspect there’s a bigger opportunity.