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11:54 pm on Feb 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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hi,

A friend of mine was asking for help on his website and I was wondering if anyone knows of anything similar:

He was looking for a social network website where people would post pictures and have their friends rate it and comment underneath.

My question is:

#1) what do you think about the idea?

#2) are there any software/script that you recommend for this purpose?

thanks in advance,
DP
4:29 am on Feb 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The idea sounds fun and there will be plenty of free scripts out there that should be able to make it work. The main problem I see is making it worth while. Images use a lot of bandwidth, and this costs money. Does your friend have any ideas on generating revenue?

There are also a lot of sites out there offering a similar service. You need to be creative and offer something unique.

If you are simply doing this as a fun project then go ahead! But if you are looking at this as a business then you will need to plan very carefully.

Mack.
1:46 am on Feb 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thank you Mack for your feedback.

He was thinking of ads and also having specialized experts rate and give suggestions/feedback for a small fee.

My friend is thinking of this as a part business however, he is still in grad school and so can afford the loss of initial investment.

I personally did not like the idea, cause he would be competing with sites like Facebook and other social network websites + there are already lots of popular rating websites. But since you never know, I offered to help him for free.

I found a software and am busy installing it and customizing it as much as possible. Hopefully it will be done by next week.

Thanks again :)
1:56 am on Feb 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I didn't mean to be discouraging, to be honest we all learn from our mistakes, who knows his site may take off in a big way!

Helping him will also help you learn more about the entire industry. Good luck!

Mack.
 

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