What I came up with, is a simple extension of existing data-sets that had to be acquired already to make the basic service work. Inspired by all the talks of Widgets in recent times, I decided to make an effort and design a widget!
The next step is, to get a graphic artist and draw about 20 different poses and clothes for the girl. Idea being here that you take into account what kind of temperature/weather is there, and then depending on need for umbrella add it to her clothes or make her wear a rain coat!
Write a script that ties it all together and updates weather information each morning
Add some social/viral features
Spam all your contacts
The Profit step
Since we’re living in uncertain times it’s important to ask, where’s the profit in this littleÂ exercise? I believe there are many groups that could benefit from building such application in Slovenian widget space:
Weather parts of TV stations (24ur vreme, RTV Slo vreme) as a way to extend their online offerings and to promote their weather online and TV offerings. Since everyone already knows they both have weather it’s more of a branding effort for them.
As anÂ exerciseÂ for Domenca team (btw: they have a new page!) to promote the fact that they sell umbrella’s (well, at least one) on Mimovrste and gain customers with that (+ branding).
For a new team on a market, to show that they’re able to build a “viral” Facebook app and a way to prove that they can build Facebook and other widgets.
Fun afternoon project for a local geek, to speed up his or her job creation.
Well, there’s always an option – because, it’s fun and a way to unwind.
While documenting this idea, I’ve learned a few new things: