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Yesterday, we had a meeting with two facebook applicationdevelopers in NOC office. One ofthem is Abhas.

Abhas is a young entrepreneur from who recently moved fromPhiladelphia to the Valley. He’s successfully found and runs aninternet start-up called Nurseviz, Inc (www.nurseviz.com).

He moved to the Bay Area to focus more on his latest venture inbuilding web-applications and widgets. This new company calledQBurst Technologies (http://www.qburst.com/index.htm) has already expandedto have a pretty large team.

Facebook and education

In the meeting he shared some of his ideas with us. One of themis to leverage the power of social network to help people whotaking GRE, GMAT or SAT exams. Most of the students taking theseexams face one problem which is lacking of exercises. Theinformation of sample questions are very limited on website. Ifthere is an application for people to contribute and share exercisequestions on facebook, students will benefit from the common poolof sample questions. Facebook environment is getting moreand more crowed and noisy. Too many small applications flying, butvery few of them really make sense and create value. I feel theidea of gathering information of exam questions is great. Thereason is facebook is most attractive to students, and helpingstudents to get better grade  definitely createsvalue.I feel that helping people to get better grades is just thefirst step to the revolution of education. For so many years,people are so used and confined within the concept of schooleducation. However, most of the time, only 10 to 20 percent of theknowledge or skills could be useful after graduation. Apparently,school education is not effective and efficient enough and not thebest the way to pass down knowledge and experience. If we lookback, how did people pass down knowledge before the concept ofschool even exits. It is called APPRENTICE. In the future, web 2.owill play the role of virtual school in the form of apprentice.People contribute and share and most practical experience incertain industry through internet. We can foresee that there willbe Stanford or Harvard Business school on the internet, andgradually the certificate from these virtual schools will beformalized and accepted by the society. Web2.0 schools still have along way to go, but we can see that it is emerging. Facebook isdoing a great job to change people’s mindset and prepare peopleto embrace the era of Web2.0.

Facebook and online dating

 Finding a date is a painpoint for more and more young professions in US, especially inSilicon Valley.  So that there are quite a numberof online dating website addressing this problem but none of themcan solve this problem perfectly. eHarmoney
charges 50 dollars per month, although plentyoffish is free, theregistered users may not be holding good intention. However,facebook posses a huge user base, and each user is grouped withnetwork and university, the public profiles created are relativelymore real than most of the online dating website. IamFreeTonight launched thisapplication on facebook last July. 

Facebook and social graph

There are one hundred plus "friends" on my facebook.Unfortunately, half of them have been "abandoned" by me. If thereis an application which could help me to analysis my circle offriends and  categorize them by industry,occupation, interest, skill set, ect, it would be great. Theapplication should be able to analysis my social pattern. Forexample, Abhas needs three developers of application, but I am notsure who are interested in web application development in mynetwork or my friends' friends' network. I wished that there wouldbe a search function to tag and link peopletogether.  I heard that there is a Circle ofFriends application on facebook, it will try it out, and seewhether there are any room for improvement.

Wisdom of crowd

Whatever you think of doing, there must be someone doing it orhas tried it already. It is especially true in Silicon Valley. Thetime I felt most inspired and most creative is the time when Italked with my friends in NOC program. Here are somethinginteresting i heard of from my friends.

Zivity

Zivity, a new adult social networkstart-up, has raised a $1 million round of seed capital fromSilicon Valley investors — as it prepares for launch.

It’s not a porn site, such as the newer sites Eroshare (pictures) or Pornotube (vidoes). Rather, itlikens itself to a mixture of MySpace and Playboy magazine withpopularity/voting features thrown in. It says it focuses onpinup-like photography, or so-called “fine art erotica.” Itinvites regular woman — such as the local Starbucks barista —to submit photo shots.

Zivity is based on voting system. Paying subscribers vote on theimages of women they like, and Zivity passes on a portion of thesubscription revenue to the most popular women. There will be somefree content to lure users, however you’ll have to subscribe todo things like leave messages for models. There will be blogs, andother social networking features. It is the first time that peopletake Porn industry to web2.0.

Something I want to do

Whatever you think of doing, there must be someone who is doingit or has tried it before, it is especially true in SiliconValley.

I always want to build a platform to enhance to communicationbetween VC and entrepreneurs. But my friend told me that AngleSof  is doing apretty good job.

I want to create something like Wiki of ideas, so that peopleare able to share ideas and check whether their ideas areapplicable through the bidding or comment from insiders point ofview.

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