I gotta say, I really like this one. 🙂
Today’s idea is a site featuring a daily posting of “Dummies”-style instructional articles focused on a variety of miscellaneous topics. The articles would be short (less than 5 minutes to read each article) and would be written to be both informational and fun. The site would include irreverent topics such as “Monet vs. Manet”, “How To Avoid Making 6 Common Grammatical Errors”, “The 15 Countries That Make Up The Former USSR”, etc.. Users could subscribe to a feed of the stories or request to get the day’s articles sent via a daily (or weekly) Email.
In addition to just reading articles, the site could have a bit of a “pub quiz” competitive element to it. After reading each article, users could take a short, timed quiz on the material to earn points. As users earn more points, they eventually make their way to higher levels – eventually earning the coveted title of “Most Smartest”.
Users could also write their own articles and submit them to the site. Editors would review the articles and the top ones could be published on the live site. And of course, there could be a corresponding Facebook app that would display a user’s level and the articles they have read recently. In addition, the site could create podcasts of the articles that users could subscribe to via iTunes, Zune, etc..