I've had as many ideas as any internets user about how to harness the keystrokes and mouse clicks of so many people like me and turn them into ... something. Whether it's dollars or attention or respect among someone's fandom. In that vein, I found a great post on shoemoney.com, Jeremy Schoemaker's blog about such ventures, and wanted to share. Presenting ... My Top Ten Worst Ideas to Make Money. Some highlights:
"7 - Omaha-Used-Cars.com - Now here we go! This is easy. Just make a used car site and charge dealers a .25cent per car listing fee right ? ehhh none interested... FLOP
6 - SMS Text Dating textdating.com/texting.com - I was soooooooo sure this one was going to be it! The concept is simple basically you subscribe to this dating website. Make a profile then you could send a message to the person from the website to there mobile phone without having to know there phone number. I had this totally done and nobody every signed up... FLOP"
Okay, fair enough; domain names can be a source of great fun (see www.purple.com) and potentially profit, but sometimes they don't work out. But my favorite was #1, which had a significant IRL component:
"1 - ShoeMoney Petroleum Company -
(I cant believe im actually telling these in public)
Ok Follow me here - I want to purchase a Gas Station and Give away Free Gas
The catch is like the gas would come out really slow and also you would be limited as to how much you could get per week (Like max 50 gallons a week).
How do I make money ? EASY - I would setup paintball guns around the gas station with webcams that would let people from the internet take shots at the people filling up there cars with gas. You could charge per shot or a xxxx amounts of shots per month for a set fee.PROBLEM- I talked to a city council member about this and he told me there was a "no flying ordinance" or something rule within city limits however I could maybe do it in the country..."
With my thanks to Flickr user calliope for the image. There are tons of great photos tagged bad idea on Flickr, but sometimes stick figures say it best. :)