It seems as if every startup wants to call itself a social network. We’re even beginning to see it in the dream tracking space.
Granted, we foresee a time in Dreamboard’s future when sharing dream content, either within a close circle of friends or publicly, is a feature for each Dreamboard user to choose. So the Dreamboard team is studying what appears about dreams on the social networks. And we have to admit that we are pretty surprised with the range of information shared.
This begs the question of whether what we dream is social data. It’s clear from what gets put on Twitter every day that a lot of people think their dreams are to be shared, publicly and with great zest. If that’s what they want, good for them.
But Dreamboard comes at the subject of dream content and sharing technology from a different perspective. We clearly use social technology in the design of our tool – partly because it is what users have come to know in this decade, and partly because we will offer the option of sharing dream content eventually. But first and foremost, Dreamboard is a dream journal tool. This fact dictates the format of the design and its utility for users. The default data position is private – because we believe this is what users want and expect, and because we believe that dreams are, in a sense, personal property – the value of which we may not know for decades.
So the next time you see a new startup on the scene that promises to turn your dreams into fodder for a social network, run in the other direction. We all need to consider what we share about ourselves. There is such a thing as too much information.