I just put the finishing touches on a little web application called TwitEye. It’s a new service that gives you ideas for web applications, new services, or plug-ins based on what people on are asking about on Twitter.
Something I’ve heard quite a bit is how difficult people often find it to come up with ideas for new products and services, and it can be a difficult process. One of the pieces of advice often given in response is to solve a problem that exists. Well, the thinking behind TwitEye was to make identifying these problems a little bit easier. It’s not going to solve the problem for you, but it might spark an idea for you to run with and develop something new and useful (and I’d love to hear about it if you do!).
TwitEye is built based on the Twitter API; it uses the services that Twitter provides (very kindly) to search for problems people are having, or requests for software & services they asking others about. As I’m told almost daily, figuring out the market is always critical – and if you see something float by on TwitEye, at least you know you have a market of one!
I was watching the stream as I was developing it, and often there are existing solutions to the questions being asked. What you need to figure out is how you can solve the problem more efficiently, more cost effectively, or with more added value than anyone else.
Happy hunting (and, as it’s new, any feedback would be great). Now, go see it in action.