Draft Proposal

Aim :As you may be aware by now, I plan to design and hopefully develop an application for Facebook.

Justification: There are several reasons as to why I would like to develop an application for Facebook, these are:

  1. To enhance my both my knowledge and technical skills by learning how to develop with PHP. Having these kind of technical capabilities will prove particularly valuable to me as they are currently of great demand within the field of web and new media, and are the means in which the industry is heading.
  2. Secondly, the popularity of Facebook is at an all time high and there is numerous evidence to suggest that Facebook is soon to become more than just a social networking site. I have created an additional blog entitled ‘The Facebook Conquest’ which in effect, provides evidence (reports) which support this assumption. As a web specialist, I feel it would be particularly worthwhile to be a contributor towards this phenomena, especially with its evident benefits, I.e. this would look impresive for my CV. 
  3. Finally, concentrating on Facebook will also aid my theoretical work during this year as this too is based around Facebook and furthermore, its users experience.

Proposed Idea 

My proposed idea for assignment 2 is to create an application specifically aimed at web designers, however is one that could later be developed into an application for other media industry professionals aswell (In the same way that many other Facebook appliations have been developed and changed in different ways, I.e Poke to SuperPoke)  

For many users Facebook not only provides a place to socialise but also is a perfect place to advertise themselves, so much so that some companies are even beginning to create accounts now – For example nightclubs are using it as a source for their PR material.

Users can already include information such as work details, skills and qualifications on their profile, and therefore to coincide with this I felt that a visual, portfolio-type application would be a particularly useful tool for a web designer. 

 Instead of just providing text links to their portfolio of websites, the user would be able to add screen grabs of their websites which will give other users (some who could potentially be looking to utilise their skills) a preview of their work and which will also still act as links to the sites.

I personally feel that visual links are more enticing, and that a user is more likely to visit the websites than if they were just standard text based links.

To make the application more exciting, I might also consider creating some ‘skins.’ These wont necessarily have to be bold, patterned designs (because this may draw attention away from the screen grab images) however some basic colours for instance might attract more attention towards the application, especially in terms of where it is on the profile page.

Possible application names could be: ‘My Web Portfolio,’ ‘My Web Designs,’ or ‘Website Projects’ 

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