This is a cross-post, as I also posted it to the blogger's forum.
I'm interested in writing a social media app on facebook, and I'm fishing for ideas which might benefit the cycling community. I have a couple of reasons for wanting to do this.
First, I'm a freelance programmer, and many of the jobs up for bid in the milieu in which I work are to develop or debug apps for the facebook api. Hence I'm interested in doing a serious app to familiarize myself with their application programmer interface (API).
Secondly, although I have significant problems with the creepy attitude facebook has regarding privacy, they are the 900 pound gorilla in the social media world, and as a programmer, I'm interested in experiencing the considerations which go into developing an app in that world.
I'm also a long-time cyclist (commuter and club ride roadie, and at 60 years old my "second childhood" has manifested itself in me acquiring and riding a fixed gear bike
I'd like to know what sort of app might be interesting to cyclists. I thought about some sort of mileage log, but my guess is that it's been done to death. On the other hand even something that simple might be good if no one's done it better on facebook, and if a sufficiently social angle could attract cyclists who aren't plugged in to the more formally organized cycling community. I think about the way Zynga pulled millions of non-gamers into Mafia Wars (which I consider a sub-standard role playing game of the "click and wait" variety).
The best sort of app would include some sort of individualized tracking, and a strong community social component.