Hey there people, my first post here :).
Im considering looking into developing a social network, I have a few ideas however in order to understand what would be a hit and what wouldn't I feel I should ask my target market what YOU want in your ideal social network.
So tell me literally anything you would like to see, from video calling to Hi-5ing...
asked Feb 09 '11 at 11:10
Video and text chat, allowing you to also have multiple people in a single conversation. FTP allowing you to send and receive files. A site that is moderated so bullying and racism doesn't become an issue!
answered Feb 09 '11 at 14:33
Video calling, advanced chat - preferably accessible via an external desktop client (maybe IRC-based so that people can use IRC clients), privacy, messaging service, YouTube integration, maybe a social network aggregator powered by ping.fm or somthing like that?
PS: If you think I'm awesome come speak to me in #milo on GeekShed (irc.geekshed.net)
answered Feb 09 '11 at 14:21
Let's see. First that came in my mind was definitely connections to other social media. Not only twitter, YouTube and Facebook, but smaller, more specific communities eg. Xfire or Newgrounds. I know you might need to convince the other party to cope with you, but that's not my job. ^^
That just gave me another idea, if you can, make a stand-alone application for your social network. Nobody has done that before, and could be revolutionizing if you allow connections to MSN, any IRC channel, AOL, you name it. If you get Skype connected, video chat/calls might be right there. Kid: "But, that's an Trillian ripoff!!1!" Trillian doesn't do Facebook ;).
Images and videos are essential, but how about a simple file sharing too? Free file hosting up to let's say 50MB, and make them pay for more space.
Make it EASY to use and especially to connect elsewhere.
Also, don't forget to get apps up the a**. Spread them all across the board of platforms. Mac to Linux, iOS to Symbian, PS3 to Commodore64 (why not? :D).
Simply put, look at the most successful networks and softwares, see what made them great and what they got unique. Try to combine their best parts to one and you got something something. :)
Here's just some I got in my mind right now. I'd be glad to help out further too, in the future. Anyways, I'd like a notification somehow if/when your network gets online.
answered Feb 09 '11 at 14:37