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Posted on September 02, 2006 5:50 PM in Web Development
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

Earlier this year I started work on a web project. It was centered around the fact that I tend to send many emails out to friends, family and the like that contain nothing more than a link and, sometimes, a short description or introduction. My idea was to create a simple web application, similar to del.icio.us, that would allow friends to send links to each other via the service, and to subscribe to those incoming links and optional descriptions or introductions via web feeds.

Rather than typical web feeds, which are generated by one person or logical group and distributed to many readers, feeds generated by my service would be generated by many people and subscribed to typically by a single person or logical group. The idea was simple and basic, but made a whole lot of sense to me. I liked the idea of having my very own web feed that all my friends, family and even blog readers could post links to.

I decided to call the service "Avinoo" and quickly came up with a sleek and simple design. I filled out some content to describe the service and set up various forms for signing up, logging in, sending links to friends, etc. Then the work stalled for a while as I got sucked in by my real job. Then, fate came along and did what it always seems to do. I was visiting del.icio.us, the very site that had inspired my new creation, and I saw a link at the top of the page that said "links for you." The new feature, which is described here, does pretty much exactly what I intended to do with Avinoo. The only real difference? del.icio.us has traction that I couldn't dream about competing with.

Oh well. I'm already working on a new idea at this point. Let's hope I can get something out before someone bigger and better gets to it.

In the meantime, if you come across any links you think I'd be interested in reading, feel free to tag them as for:bernzilla when you add them to del.icio.us.


Sean on September 04, 2006 at 4:31 PM:

That's too bad. I've learned over the years that if you come up with a good idea, chances are a hundred other people have come up with the same idea, at the same time. It's really just a race to see who gets the idea to market first. And you're really screwed when one of those people works for Google or del.icio.us. Then it doesn't matter if you do beat them to the market, they will still win.


Bernie Zimmermann on September 04, 2006 at 5:00 PM:

Yeah, what can ya do? At least I've cornered the Google market on 'Avinoo'. They even somehow managed to index the old domain, which I took down before I ever posted this entry. Crazy Google spider.


Sean on September 04, 2006 at 7:08 PM:

It is a cool name though! Hope you have something planned to put in it's place. :)


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