Social Engine is niche social network software, one option to consider as a platform for your social network. We caught up with Jasper Aguila, community manager at Social Engine, to learn about its special features, revenue options and social integration. This is the first in a series of interviews with developers of social networking software.
5 Questions on Social Engine
100% customization. We are an 11 person team, passionate about building the most scalable community software ever. Our platform easily allows 3rd party developers to build plugins and design themes. In fact, we have one of the largest collections of 3rd party plugins and themes available for download in the customize section of our site (http://www.socialengine.net/customize).
We also take into account every feedback and feature that our clients suggest. We are very big on customer support and will take every measure to make ours happy.
What kinds of networks is it specifically designed for?
From personal to enterprise level, SocialEngine accommodates to any individual or company looking to create their own customized social networks – we’ve seen clients host millions of users with our software.
Is there integration with social networks like Twitter and Facebook?
Yes. The Facebook and Twitter connect features are both directly built out of the box. In fact, we’ve created a couple of video tutorials that visually shows you the simplicity of integrating these applications into SocialEngine.
In what categories does your firm see the most growth of niche social networks, and what is driving that growth?
Below is a chart that shows you the niche categories that are most prominently used by our clients.
Business is definitely the most popular category, but it is very broad. Most, if not all of our clients invest in SocialEngine because they have an idea that has the potential to help them quit their 9 to 5 jobs.
How does this software facilitate revenues? Are there special advertising or ecommerce plugins or modules? Ad network interfaces?
SocialEngine has 2 dynamic built-in features that help administrators drive revenue – advertising and subscription. With advertising, admins are allowed to create ad campaigns that can be customized to preference. For example, you can filter the ads to only show for certain users or set how many times the ads can be shown and what pages it should be shown in. On the other hand, the subscription feature allows admins to create plans for different member levels and charge for access to certain parts of the community.
In addition, the software has vast amounts of 3rd party plugins that provide more options for driving revenue. The sky is the limit!
Can you give us the URLs of 3-5 social networks using your software, and a special feature that each takes advantage of well?
From our showcase: http://www.incompany.com/ – Classifieds Feature http://www.1000fraggers.com/ – Content Management System http://skinpoison.com/ – Theme and Layout Editor http://www.petzume.com/home.php – Photos http://grooveriver.com/home.php – Music Sharing
Thanks to Jasper for this interview. While we haven’t tried out the software, it is clearly one platform to consider for your social networking website.
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