My name is Jacob Dalton, and I’m about to hit the road for Missouri. Along with Brad Lewis and Aaron Makaruk, I’ve been developing a True Fans microfunding web application. This week I’m going to Factor e Farm for a Dedicated Project Visit with the goal of releasing the True Fans application before Christmas.
We’re not the first to try and build such an application—previous work on the wiki has informed ours. We’ve listened to those that went before us, we’ve made some adjustments, and now it’s time share that work with the community for feedback and input.
So what is this application? What does it do? Take a look:
It’s a sharing application. It allows True Fans and supporters to make personalized/customized videos and share them with friends, colleagues, and the rest of the OSE community. It’s an opportunity to add your voice to the project and invite others to it.
But the work is not done yet. We need your input. The basic idea is this: a True Fan or supporter goes to the app; logins into the wiki; and, using a webcam, creates an awesome video about why he or she supports Open Source Ecology. After adding a message, he or she uses the app to share the video with friends over email, facebook, and/or twitter. The video gets sent to the contacts supplied and boom we change the world. A little bit at least. Hopefully a lot.
I made a video to illustrate this process:
We think videos are a really effective way to personally introduce other people to this project, but we don’t know quite how this will play yet. Are people comfortable making short videos in front of their webcam? Do they need extra help? What would motivate you to contribute this way? We want there to be a lot of choices so that you can contribute in a way that is authentic to you. However, we also want to make sure that the process is easy enough for everyone to join in. We need your help to find that happy medium.
Perhaps not everyone wants to make videos, but there are other ways to contribute too. If you’d like to help develop, design, or test the app, you should get in contact with me (jacobrdalton AT gmail DOT com). The code is publicly accessible on github if you’d like to take a look. We have test server running the app right now. Let me know if you’d be interested in giving it a go. There’s also a project page on the wiki .