Neonstream is a social network that requires a user to ask other users for updates. This is different from common social networks, where new content is distributed automatically. With Neonstream users will automatically get back more privacy and the the complete interaction model maps better to a real word relationship between humans.
Neonstream was an idea initially came up during a bachelor thesis, which covered the topic of self-presentation in social networks. The prototype of this work was first refactored to an online dating platform and finally changed to a social network. While the apps for Android and iOS where taken offline after one year due to no active users, the general concepts seems still to be a valid idea for a social network.
The basic idea behind Neonstream is that every user has a private timeline in which he can add photos and status messages. The entries in the timeline can be tagged with a group label.
If a user B wants to see entries from the timeline of the user B he needs to send a request. User A can respond to this request by selecting a group label. After this action user B will be able to see the entries from the timeline of user A.
The timeline exists of entries, which are called posts. A post could be a single image, a text or a combination of both. A post can be tagged with a group label. There exist three group labels: “Friends”, “Family” and “Acquaintance”. Active users can use the timeline like a diary where both good and bad things have their right of existence. If a post has no group label it could never be shared with any other and will be kept private forever.
The social network has a search function, where you can find all existing users by name. If you open the profile of another user you will initially see an empty timeline. But you can send a request to this user at any time. Once your request results in new timeline entries for this user, you will see them in his profile and get a notification.
For a request only a subset entries of a timeline are shared:
This idea needs user feedback. It makes sense to start with when at least 2 other developers want to contribute to this project and at least 100 users are interested to try the web application with their friends.