Archive for December, 2007

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The Social Networking Script of Choice

December 28, 2007

In the previous posts, we’ve discussed various aspects of social networking, including general thoughts about social networking, goals for running a social network, and what platform choices are available to creating and maintaining an S/N site. Now I’m going to be specific and review the platform of choice for building our social network. For the first part, I’ll mention the positive aspects of the platform we’re using and later, I’ll mention the negative aspects. There’s plenty of things to mention in both parts so reading part one is long enough for one sitting. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Social Networks: Choosing the Platform

December 13, 2007

The foundation of any social network website is the software the operates the site. Once the goals of the social network are in place, the most important decision to be made is choosing the platform for which will become the building blocks of the site. It’s important because once a platform is chosen, it will likely have to be used for the entirety of the site’s life. That means that any deficiencies and limitations inherint to the platform will permanently be an issue for the site. While it is possible to switch platforms after the site goes live, there are great risked involved in do this. So let’s look broadly at the choices one has to build a social network.

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Social Networking: What is it About?

December 1, 2007

Anyone who has been around the Internet over the last few years almost cannot help but stumble upon a social networking site such as Myspace or Facebook or LinkedIn. They all have some common elements but also have different features and even different foci. So we ask, what is a social network (S/N) site? What differentiates an S/N site from other user-centric websites? Let’s take a look. Read the rest of this entry ?