In considering how much technology has changed our lives over the last two decades I’m honestly at a loss for words.
In a matter of years we’ve made the leap from large physical devices that connect to the web from home, to handheld mobile technologies that do it anywhere at anytime. As our technology upgrades, so must we. As our methods of medically researching this phenomenon update, so should we upgrade our methods of expanding public awareness.
And so, today, I’ll be outlining a creative draft for an application that would seek to aggregate ASMR content from all over the web into a single, standalone application. No longer must we scour the web from site to site seeking exceptional content from passionate creators. We can, as some might say, enslave an algorithm to do that work for us.
And on that note; I’m proud to introduce an early draft of the ‘ASMR Aggregator‘.
But — BUT, before we take a look at it, let’s take a quick moment and consider the current model. What does it look like searching for ASMR content today?
[WEB] > [CONTENT] > [FOLLOW-UP]
Seems pretty straightforward. A user hits the labyrinth that is the web, running from site to site until they’ve found content that works for them. After viewing it they’ll bookmark it or share it via some third party service before moving on. It’s unlikely that — unless the user is compelled to — that they’ll connect with the content creators before moving on. When they want to see another video the following day they’ll rinse and repeat the process.
But how might things look under a different model? I’m inviting you to consider the use of an application to streamline the whole process.
[DEDICATED PLATFORM] > [CONTENT]
Notice anything different? No more searching from site-to-site. No more sifting through irrelevant videos. Under this model, the user relies on the fact that the content is aggregated from a wide variety of outlets and pre-screened on the platform.
[The Need] An application of this nature would save users time and energy. In a sense, it would expose users to a much wider variety of content from a large selection of audio and video platforms on the web. It would allow creators to share content without the hassle of dealing with dozens of different services, and perhaps most importantly, it would enable them to easily connect with their viewers, receiving valuable feedback as a result. In some sense, everybody wins.
Let’s start by looking at what several of the screens might look like within the app.
At the home-screen we’re greeted with the title, ‘ASMR Aggregator’, atop the menu bar. The four buttons listed horizontally entail (1) a link to the initial screen, (2) a link to the recently viewed content page, (3) a social page to share app details across networks, and (4) a saved content page for favorites.
Below that, at the center of the screen, we’re confronted with the focus of the content: the search. We’re wanting to find ASMR content reliably fast. From top to bottom the buttons are as follows.
 Search Categories. In layman’s terms, this is the refined search we’ve been talking about. This isn’t searching just youtube or just vimeo, this is searching everything for the specific content the user wants.
 Search Authors. Type in the name of a content creator to browse their recently uploaded content across each of the biggest platforms.
 Submit Content. Upload content for the web to enjoy straight from inside the application. Audio and video files are to be hosted on ASMR Aggregator’s own servers, enabling the user complete control over the content as it goes out.
 Submit a Request. Let the web know what you’re looking for. This allows users to connect with content creators in ways that enrich not only the viewing process, but for creators looking for feedback as well.
Now, let’s consider what it might look like to *submit* content.
Sure enough, the standard fields that we might find elsewhere apply here; selecting the file, describing the content, and indicating who the content creator is. Likewise, the user would be required to accept the terms of service before being able to upload any material. It’s intended to be simple, fast, and intuitive.
Fortunately, this type of application would be simple to implement across a wide variety of hardware: phones, tablets, and mobile computers being the initial launch targets. It’s important to keep in mind that the overall objective is to allow users to find content easily while giving them an opportunity to share it should they like.
And so it appears that we’ve come full-circle. I can’t help but feel that just as our technology continues to evolve, so must the ways that we interact and search, too.
(Image Source(s): Proto.IO)