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    Flash to create a social network?

    I'm thinking of creating a social network, and seeing I have some experience in development with Flash, I wondered if it can be done with that. So are there any social networks out there that use Flash? Is there any specific features of AS3 that would be useful to creating a network with Flash? Any general advice about setting up a social network using Flash?
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    http://www.wallop.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by webdreamer
    http://www.wallop.com/
    This is all flash.
    from mashable regarding wallop..

    The bigger issue seems to be that Flash creates a very controlled environment which prevents the unintentional, and often beneficial, consequences that result from the freedoms you provide to users: give a user a text field and some html editing capabilities, and you’ll be amazed how quickly an ecosystem develops without you having to build it (which is Wallop’s plan). Ah, but what about Netvibes, Pete? Good point, but Netvibes had geek appeal which meant that many users were already developers, not to mention that bloggers will blog about startpages all day long because many of their readers use them: Wallop isn’t an efficiency tool for geeks, and won’t be able to build a healthy ecosystem like Netvibes. It misses the mark with the MySpace/youth demographic, too, which makes me wonder where this thing is headed, if anywhere.
    so basically their saying that using Flash for a SN is a waste of time.

    The other weird thing is that its from microsoft?!?
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    It's here, I guess?

    Hey guys, you might wanna see this all-flash Social Network site. http://www.kipup.com

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    Wiistream.net is a all flash social network.
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    I wrote one -- well, kind of -- in the form of sexypolitics.com in 2007/8, which was nothing but a flash module. The social aspect ended up being limited by dev costs, etc. and we sort of made it more about the quizzes and less about profiles, and just hooked into other social sites. But the basic engine was 80% there. The truth is, it's all the same on the back end. Partitioning, replication, federation, scalability; that's the real mental exercise with a social site, not the front-end features. It's nice to build games and exquisite works of art in Flash but that doesn't make it any better at handling large amounts of text or data; and the fact that you can make it do that, because you're good with it, is a great exercise if you're starting out but frankly won't impress people the way you probably hope it would. Sad to say. It's not at all surprising that Flash would be a limiting factor for social users, either. So you might be going up a blind alley. It's not the technology of choice for that type of application, and there's a pretty good set of reasons. Not to mention that social is all about mobile right now and no ipad? no iphone? You want to write it twice?

    Now, that's not to say you couldn't write a sub-scripting language in AS3 that would allow users to do neat stuff, and pull in the geek crowd, as mentioned above. Something that combines the safely exchangeable aspects of coded items in Second Life with on-the-fly AS3 like wonderfl, would be kind of cool. There could, possibly be something to that...although you could also do it with <canvas> and probably get a wider audience at this point... but more than anything it begs the question:

    Do we really need another social networking site? Do you want to put two years and endless amounts of work into something that's already been done a million times, just to be a speck of dust a lightyear behind the Friendster/Myspace/Facebook comet?

    What you really need, not to be harsh, is a new idea. Sit down and write a list of what people use all these things for, and figure out what no one else has figured out yet. Find a niche, or find a way to take something that exists but hasn't yet recognized its own overarching conceit. Start from scratch.

    [EDIT: Jesus, I didn't realize this thread was three years old and being taken over by spammers. I'm a little out of it today.]
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    Check out Xuland
    http://www.xuland.com

    Written in Flex & ActionScript. I built it as a way to learn Flex 4 and spent quite a while building out the various components including a simple image editor with red-eye removal. It's tough to admit that the future of a flash-based social networking application is hard to predict. I might have been better off creating this using HTML5 or CSS/jQuery but it was a fun experiment nonetheless

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