17 Top Tips For New Social Networks To Follow
Thinking of building a social network? We set up and update profiles for many artists, and this is what we want from our ideal social network>
- Provide the option to update news via RSS. This means news can be updated from the same source. Top marks to Facebook and Virb for allowing this.
- Allow photos to be updated by a Photo Share site, e.g. Flickr. Top marks to Virb.
- Allow the blog to be updated via RSS. Top marks to Facebook. So far MySpace score zero.
- Allow widgets from third parties such as Indiestore, Widgetbox or YouTube. At last, MySpace score highly, but low marks for Virb & Imeem.
- If you don’t allow third party widgets, allow external developers to write applications. Top marks Facebook.
- Allow some page customisation – music is a creative industry and not everyone wants to look the same!
- Make it easy to add a mailing list. Do social networks thing artists trust them with this valuable data, when they can delete a profile at a whim? Low marks for everyone.
- Make it easy to add friends, and approve more than ten at a time. Allow a default option of ‘Approved’ – top marks Virb and Imeem.
- Allow more than 4 tracks to be uploaded, and to sort tracks in to albums and playlists.
- Allow the music player to be embedded in to external websites or blogs.
- Make it easy to link to iTunes, or a retailer of the artist’s choice.
- Make it easy to add a YouTube playlist within a page or profile
- Allow short URL’s containing the artist name
- Enable HTML links out from the site.
- Allow photo slideshows from all the major photo share sites, not just one of them.
- Enable country customisations so the date is displayed in UK format
- Enable a simple forum, with email notifications when new messages are posted. Well done Facebook and Imeem.