Thursday, May 26

Mobile Application Idea

Today, it was a geeknight here, even though I had registered for it, I felt an urge to NOT attend it. Somehow I feel that unless I know much about the subject it is a complete waste of time attending such sessions. I have been tinkering a lot around an idea of creating a Mobile application. Considering that it is quite easy to build an application these days, I still haven't found that eureka moment to actually sit and get started working on one application. The pain point being the initial setup. There are tremendous useful frameworks out there, but setting those up in windows is a tough task. I quit, before I start.

For a period of about 5-6 months, I ran this watsapp broadcast of sending out quotes daily. They were usually Motivational and Inspirational quotes. I had started with around 100+ people in my phone list and then after about 15 days I sent out a message to everyone, if they like the quotes and would want me to continue, they should reply. I got around 60ish replies.  I would send out quotes every single day, and it had become a very good habit until one day when I took a moment and realized that it could be that I am spamming people. "But they want me to send quotes" , I thought, or could it be that out of courtesy they ad replied. Anyways, what I learned from this experiment was
1) Understand your target audience
2) Have a two way communication
3) Even though you start from your family and friends, but don't trust on the outcome. They want you to feel happy, not your best critics.
4) Doing something everyday has greater benefits over doing occasionally. Even though I have stopped sending out quotes, few of them that I remember has helped me in my day to day life.
5) It was a manual task, first look for a good quote that you have not sent earlier, copy it, format it, and then send it out.

I feel that sending out daily quotes not only helped me, it also helped some others. It was not at all a waste of time.

However, Can I turn this into some application? Top of my head ideas that I would want to have in such application
1) User gets a notification every morning about a quote.
2) The application has entire screen covered with quote, also a picture if available.
3) User can comment on the quote, like, share etc.
4) User can browse through all the previous quotes.
5) The best approach appears to have a website and through this website API, the application be made. This way, I can have all the quotes lined up in the database. May be I will write some bot that will fetch the quotes and store in db.

I have to figure out the technology that I would want to use to build such application. Even though is a good idea, I would definitely want to learn a new technology out there.

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