Social networks

The state of linkedin

Linkedin almost seems like the underdog in the social network elites club. With the news constantly focusing on Facebook and Twitter, the two biggie, it feels like nobody cares about Linkedin. But relevant or not, Linkedin is growing and it is a major player when it comes to networking professionals. Below is a neat graphic showing some key demographic information about the network’s users. I have an account there, but barely ever use it. It’s good to have connections there, though, because you never know what’s gonna happen. ;)

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Eddy is the new Twitter aggregation platform from Stamen

Eddy from Stamen design

From the product page:

Eddy is a media aggregation platform built for the public display of up-to-the-minute activity on realtime services like Twitter. It offers three primary features: rapid collection and curation of what people are saying about an event, moderation of acceptable material, and speedy, reliable republishing of these conversational streams. Setup of the application is fast and easy, and made specifically for use by interactive media designers. Eddy makes data available in formats specifically designed for publishing on the web, allowing developers to quickly iterate design concepts with real world data and to launch without fuss.

Facebook privacy: a bewildering tangle of options

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My Social Network Idea

I was working hard on the portfolio section for this Web site. I spent a lot of time trying to write it in AS3.0 using good OOP practices, so later I can just attach a simple PHP/mySQL backend and make it a content management system for my projects. I was close to finishing it, but then I realized that what I did would only benefit myself and nobody else.

While working on the portfolio site, I wrote a little nifty piece of code that can be used to put a slideshow together in no time. I am planning on releasing that, so you can download and use it. But I still didn’t feel like the project worth the efforts.

Few months ago, a friend of mine started a social network that is a copy of facebook but for Vietnam, you can view it here. He invited me to be a part of it, but we couldn’t come to an agreement as of what would be my responsibilities in his company. I dropped out of the project. At that time I had a few ideas for a social network of my own and was studying the tools necessary to do that.

After talking to a few close friends, I decided to start a social network on my own. My idea is to have a social network that target media professionals. As the industry is going through a major transition from print to digital, many professionals are left behind. This site should help them learn the new tools necessary to work with the web. It will also be a place where people can post their works and get feedbacks from other people in the community. There are many other features that I am still working on, but ultimately, the site will be a place where everybody can come and share their thoughts, collaborate on different projects and learn from each other.

Let me know what you think.