These days, our Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds provide us with updates from hundreds of our connections about everything from news headlines and restaurant check-ins to engagement announcements and vacation photos. Many of us spend time scrolling through all this buzz looking for information we actually care about.
I came across an interesting article about a new mobile app called Bonfyre, which is looking to better personalize the social media experience by enabling users to share relevant information with the people who actually care about specific topics. The app founders believe that major social networks are limiting in that connections become outdated over time and lose their value and relevance. Bonfyre works to improve the social media experience by creating pop-up networks that are timely, relevant and private to those participating.
The app is being aimed at both personal users and businesses:
- Personal users are encouraged to sign up to create private networks to share updates, photos, links and also live chat with other members. Bonfyre says these private networks can replace messy e-mail chains between groups and cut down on newsfeed clutter on bigger networks.
- For business use, Bonfyre is marketed as an events-based app where users at a sporting game, charity event, conference or concert can share relevant content with those in attendance (Brands like the St. Louis Rams are utilizing the app). Businesses can engage in the conversation and keep an eye on what they’re saying and sharing about them as well.
I think Bonfyre also presents an interesting opportunity for local businesses to share relevant content with their customers. For example, a local ice cream shop could launch a Bonfyre to share promotions on its latest flavors with its most loyal customers, or a fashion boutique could setup a Bonfyre to watch a red carpet event and comment on similar looks they sell in-store.
It appears that Bonfyre has attracted experienced innovators to their cause as Jim McKelvey, Co-Founder of mobile payment company Square is a member of the board.