In honor of my recent nuptuals, I’m going to post an idea that I stole from my beautiful and talented new bride. We were discussing the soon-to-be newest addition to our family (either a dog or cat) and she came up with a great idea for a new site that would ask you a series of questions and then present some options for a pet that would fit the given criteria. For example, we are looking for a pet that is relatively small, has short hair, could be left overnight without supervision, has a good temperment, etc… The site would use the filters to display a list of specific pets that might be a good fit (i.e. Cocker Spaniel).
There are a few things you could do to spice it up a bit. For one, the site would be extremely visual. Instead of filling out a boring text questionaire, the site would start with a ton of small photos of pets on the bottom 2/3 of the screen, and the top 1/3 would have a series of sliders that you could adjust to choose the various filters. As you moved the sliders, the list would be narrowed down and the images would scale up to fit the screen. Also, once you reached a point where you have a pet that meets your criteria, you could click on the pet and the site could pull a list of animals from the local shelter that need to be saved.