Not too long ago, some creative minds came up with the idea of social media mashups – a scheme wherein two independent social networks are combined together to perform a particular function. You’ve perhaps bumped into Pictacular, formerly called Pinstagram, the love child of Pinterest and Instagram. What it does basically is that it allows you to view your Instagram photos in a web interface or format similar to what you’d normally see on Pinterest.
In 2012, the Huffington Post also came up with a list of social media mashups that contained some of the most outlandish portmanteaus of social networks like Pornstagram and Linstapaper. If I were to create mine, here’s what I’d come up with.
Wouldn’t it be nice if people can enjoy an online radio service like Pandora but with Foursquare-like capabilities? It will track down all the music you play on your device or computer at any given place and time. You’ll be able to “check in” and at the same time display the music that’s playing. Say, you can share that you’ve played The Proclaimers’ “500 Miles” when your car broke down on the Ohio Turnpike, or you can create a status on your smartphone that says you played Starland Vocal Band’s “Afternoon Delight” while having late lunch at a Fort Lauderdale branch of Hooters.
You all enjoy Get Glue, that highly social Foursquare clone in which, instead of checking in to places, you get to check in to TV shows, movies, or sports programs in order to receive points and badges (stickers). It’s almost a mashup of Flixster or IMDb and Foursquare, but perhaps we can take it a notch higher by combining its features with Bitcoin, a decentralized online currency. What if you can turn your Get Glue badges or points for Bitcoins and have them eventually exchanged for dollars? Earning money out of watching TV and movies sounds good to me.
Tumblr, as you might all know, is the go-to place for those wanting to share content in a quick manner. What if a rewards system gets developed out of it? What if posting a how-to guide on finding a phone service provider (more info), a video review of a restaurant, or a custom graphic featuring anything informative that amasses hundreds of likes can give you badges or points that can translate into real rewards that you can receive on your doorstep like what they do on Get Glue? Wouldn’t that be sweet?
If you’re a dog lover, you’ve probably heard of Dogster, a social media networking community for dog lovers. You probably even use it to find a stud for your aging Shih Tzu. It’s a nice service, so to speak, but it would be tons cooler if it had features such as those on Instagram where all you have to do is search for hashtags containing any word or phrase pertaining to a topic of interest. You can put hashtags such as #purebred or #black #pups. Plus, admit it, your pet would look much more appealing online if all his or her photos had those glamorous filters.