Viral Business Proposal: Complaint boards as means to enforce website service quality

The original idea was a “CompanyBoard” business, in which I would run a Complaint Book for my clients. This Book would have been a forum system hosted in my server, where customers could complain or endorse the company.

The owner of the Complaint Book would supply a link in to the forum in my domain. My hosting the forum would prevent the owner from doctoring the results.

However, I found some complexities related to judge posting quality. Company enemies ccould be negative in public or paid supporters could be over positive.

I still think the business is feasible, but I would not use a forum, but a Digg-like News Aggregator. I am running one named Business-ideas.com.ar, expecting that the best business ideas will climb to the top. I am also running one for political ideas in Argentina: Ideaspol.com.ar.

The news aggregators have a sophisticated voting system that would allow users to write reports about a company, and the community would vote about quality of the report.

The users develop ‘karma’, a quality related to credibility. Karma is automatically managed by a hidden algorithm in the system.

The pligg module will be modified to improve the quality of the complaints, preventing fraud or manipulation.

The companies will be offered a free or paid service. The paid service will have many more features.

This idea is ready to be launched. Today, Oct. 22-2007, I need a partner bringing U$D 6000, for 40% of the business.

I am listening…

New blog platform – WordPress instead of Bblog

The aging ‘bblog’ platform is being decommissioned. It is not being supported since 2005, and we need to change. WordPress has more friendly URLs, more security, no use of global variables, more plugins and so on.

We intend to write in here short abstracts of the better postings in the old system, to avoid losing the old addresses. Eventually we will announce a permanent redirect in our .htaccesss file, which is the better form to explain the changes to the search engines, without losing ranking.

What is Algo Cracker?

It is a module in a software that used to be named Keyword Thief. This product started as a spider that extracted keywords from the top-ranked sites in Google.

In a second stage, it incorporated 3 modules:

– Metatag Thief, which does the same as Keyword Thief, but for all metatags

– Algo Cracker, an analyzer of keyword density in different parts of the Google top-ranked websites. It uses ranges (clusters) of pages, to allow averaging and comparing

– Metatag Analyzer, a spider that enters a single site, and checks the contents of all metatags.

This products are now sold together, but can later evolve separately.

See http://keywordthief.com.ar for details and free download.