Startups solve problems.

So if you find a problem there’s probably a startup idea lying somewhere nearby.

A Montreal developer Kenji Wellman developed an app called twtspire.com that scours twitter and automatically detects tweets from people that wonder why a solution doesn’t exist for a specific problem they’re having.

Here are example of tweets from twtspire.com that could result in some kind apps

Why isn’t there an app that auto-deletes texts you send after 4am. #facepalm

Oh my god. Someone needs to make an app that makes an instrumental out of any song. #IsThatLegal #KaraokeAllDayEveryDay

There’s also evil ideas like:

Wish there was a single website with complete book/movie summaries with spoilers.

Twitter has over 50 million daily tweets, so testing and refining the app was done in a single week-end. The app uses a combination of keywords as well as keyword exclusion rules (which eliminate unwanted terms) and keyword proximity rules. For all of the meaty details and source code headover to Kenji’s blog

Marketing strategist who likes to create things (especially online). He runs a popular social phone directory callercenter.com and is the brain behind a great call blocking application ...



  • http://twitter.com/kenjiwellman Kenji Wellman

    Thanks for the write up Ildar!

    One correction… my last name is Wellman not Williams. You definitely aren’t the first one to make that mistake.

  • http://twitter.com/kenjiwellman Kenji Wellman

    Thanks for the write up Ildar!

    One correction… my last name is Wellman not Williams. You definitely aren't the first one to make that mistake.


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