xs2.me – Day 2
Ok, Day 2 of xs2.me and the “open design” of it. I think today would be a good time to get a logo and do some wire frames. Maybe some use cases.
Data Retrieval Design
One of the key barriers to making this work I think is the retrieval of data from social networks. Most network have API’s, but access to some data might be limited and if the network doesn’t like what you’re doing they can ban you. This is why I’m leaning towards screen-scraping of the more closed networks (read: Facebook) by using a browser plug-in on the client side (the user reading their own information). This can be combined with APIs of networks that are more open.
Since the main tool is a firefox plug-in, downloading the plug-in is step one. If you’re already logged into Facebook for instance, we can probably just bring up your profile page and get all your info from there. To not scare people we should probably pop-up a question like: “Would you like xs2.me to automatically retrieve your name and other details from your Facebook?”. Hmm… even better if I can get the webpage communicating with the toolbar (to be researched).
Since you can’t go live early enough I’ve put up a beta invite page. Might just as well capture a few email addresses of early adopters so that I can generate some initial traffic before we go live in a few weeks. This way the major bugs can be ironed out before the actual launch. I’ve limited the beta to 250 people. Well… actually it’s not limited, but I thought having a counter might make it feel more exclusive. See if it works.
Do I design one myself, or do I just put it on 99Designs, DesignCrowd or crowdSpring? Should I use a “real” designer? I’m leaning towards using one of the crowdsourced services because this is time I don’t want to spend, but I don’t want to pay too much for it. What is your experience, what have you done in the past?