A few months ago we discussed among friends that there should be a social network on which anyone could advertise anything they wanted to sell. Be it services or goods, it could be advertised using pictures and profile related details. The social network, as we envisaged, would be more like facebook, but would rather be a niche social network. We even named the project as Market. Market was created using WordPress and BuddyPress. The latter is a plugin for WordPress that can be used to create social networks within a very short time and with very minimal knowledge of web application development tools, such as PHP, in which these tools are basically written.
It was quite fascinating to learn that a facebookk class social network can be created using these tools within a few hours of dedicated effort. That too is so much because of the time it takes for the whole system to be hosted on a third party hosting service. If this tedium were absent, it would have taken a lot less time. Market does not exist any more because we never pursued the idea any further. We just learnt that a few similar niche networks exists for things like knitting, sewing etc. But the idea in itself is cool. And there is a need for such a nice social network as well that could be used to sell a wider range of products. More precisely, the envisioned role of the market was to enable the buyer and seller to connect with each other irrespective of their geographical locations on the planet. They would consequently be able to exchange goods with each other.
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