How’s that for the ultimate Facebook Web 2.0 app name?
Before I explain today’s idea, let’s first go back in time to my good ol’ middle school days. Several times a year some high-energy salesman would come into our classrooms and hand out ultra-glossy pamphlets full of chocolates, cocoas, and popcorn wrapped up in delightfully tacky packages. Our job was to spit-shine up our faces, bat our pre-pubescent eyelashes and con our relatives into buying for a bunch of crap they didn’t really want in the first place. Of course, the end goal was to raise money to replace the profanity-laced vinyl seats on our buses or some other similarly worthy cause. But for me, after a few times going door to door around our neighborhoods or spending an hour stuck on the phone listening to some distant relative discuss their medical history, I gave up on my dreams of becoming a professional fundraiser and instead settled for 30 mins of detention for “accidentally” leaving the pamphlet in my desk for an entire week.
My idea is a simple Facebook/Social App that would allow students to run a fundraising campaign via their existing social network. Here’s how it would work. First, the kids would be able to list the items that are for sale (either manually or by searching for participating fundraising companies). Then, the kids could fill out a template that would send a message out to all of their family members letting them know about the fundraiser and giving them the option to order products. In addition to ordering products, the family members would also have the option of listing the items on *their* profile pages and sending messages to their friends/family to support this campaign (and so on and so on).
OK, as a reward for reading through this long-winded and kind of lame idea, I’ve got three words for you: Girl Scout Cookies. Now that is the real killer app! 🙂