Personal Learning Network


Social networking for creativity boost


Web app for tracking inspirations and random prototyping with people on the Internet.

People use this app to get inspired from diverse pool of strangers, publish inspirations (photos of personal notes and clips of other website's text/images), collect inspirations and save them into public boards, synthesise inspirations into prototypes and collaborate on these prototypes within a board.

It works like this: I login and follow topics. I get content recommendations. I save what I like in my personal profile (just like on Pinterest boards). Moreover, I can add long-form text and images to each board to summarise my inspirations and showcase early stage prototypes as a synthesis of my inspirations. People who are on my inspiration boards are notified to discuss what I did with their posts (how I was inspired by their posts to form my idea and create a prototype). Moreover, those people who are inspiration sources to me are encouraged to collaborate and build on my prototype.

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//这些建议如何产生? //





// How would these recommendations be generated? //

everything I post on this social network, I tag with a label (like a I choose a category for each blog on my site).

e.g. if I post about "an idea of a digital diary", I tag it with "note taking". if I post about "an idea of a garden office", I tag it with "work from home" and "architecture". and so on.

this way, people who are interested in same topics discover me.

side thought: people will need to be introduced to a good practice of labelling their posts when starting to use the app, so that they get good recommendations and attract the right followers.

//一个用于原型制作的社交网络? //




// a social net, for prototyping? //

yes, making social networking more meaningful. people follow others on Twitter, Instagram, etc for a purpose of "consuming information" and often not doing anything about it.

but true learning comes when doing something with that information. and true connection is made when collaborating with a follower on a project. so, this would be a place to get to know people closer by prototyping things.

also, typically, people get into a project stage after months/years of meeting online, but tech could speed up "a process of let's get to know each other by creating together".

  • //人们使用这个应用程序可以从各种各样的陌生人那里得到启发,在公共董事会中发布灵感(个人笔记的照片和其他网站的文本/图像的片段)[...] *


  • // [...]我得到内容推荐。 [...] *

这些建议将如何产生?由于建议是社交网络服务提供商(甚至包括Google,YouTube等)成功的重要部分,因此建议的质量是成功与否的原因。例如,彼得·迪亚曼迪斯(Peter Diamandis)最近启动了[FutureLoop](,它基本上什么都没做,但推荐新闻。推荐引擎可能是必不可少的,但是如果不指定它将如何执行那些推荐,则可能很难判断该网络将如何发展/成功。

// People use this app to get inspired from diverse pool of strangers, publish inspirations (photos of personal notes and clips of other website's text/images) [...] in public boards [...]

Sounds like network of personal boards. So, profiles. It's what social nets had since early days, but they didn't focus on prototyping. So, would this be, in principle, a social net, for prototyping?

// [...] I get content recommendations. [...]

How would these recommendations be generated? Being that recommendations are essential part of the success of social web service providers, even Google, YouTube, etc., the quality of recommendations is the reason why something succeeds or not. For example, Peter Diamandis had recently launched FutureLoop, which does essentially nothing but recommend news. The recommendation engine may be essential, but without specifying how it would do those recommendations, it may be hard to judge how would this network evolve / succeed.