LiveJournal, über social software
I've just noticed that LiveJournal added a School Directory, where you can search for schools you've attended and add them and the years you were there to your user info. Here's where I was between the years of 1989 and 1997:
- Algonac High School - Algonac, MI (1989-1993)
- Central Michigan University - Mount Pleasant, MI (1993-1997)
Goodbye, Classmates.com? I've told people for years that every other social software app on the web is a reinvention of LiveJournal, done badly.
I'll never do it, but ever since I realized that LJ was Open Source, I've wanted to launch my own LJ-based social software site. The only difference would be that your User Info is what would appear as the main page under your personal URL, and the Journal would just be a secondary tab in the sidebar.
Because, after all, wouldn't that pretty much match 90-99% of the features offered by things like Friendster, Orkut, Tribe, and friends? (Oh, and if you use this idea, and make lots of money—hire me or something, will ya?)