Two ideas someone should steal from me

Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 7:48 pm
William Barnes

I’m never going to get around to creating these web services myself, so somebody steal the ideas and do it for me… and send me a cheque if it works out for you.

Request a VCard by Email

A VCard is an XML (I believe) file that contains information about you (a virtual business card). It could contain things like your name, email, phone number, picture and address. I was thinking that it might be useful to have my phone number on my website, but I don’t like the idea of just listing it for anybody to copy down. This is where my web service comes in. I create a VCard at the website and place a link to it on my site. When a visitor needs my phone number, they go to this other website and enter their own email (free email addresses would probably need to be banned). The VCard is emailed to them. This would allow somebody to get my number easily but, in most cases, also let me know who is requesting it.

The other one

I forgot what it was. Honestly, I knew what it was just a few minutes ago. We got new carpet put in the house and I’m fairly certain that it is frying my brain. The whole house smells like a carpet store and I’ve had a headache and allergies for days. Maybe it will come back to me if I sleep a bit. ‘Tis late. I’ll probably remember the other idea when I’m driving on the highway and can’t write it down.