Week 1/ Designing a social network – Ceyda Onal


Through the digital profiles in social networking sites or the search engines, people are collecting information about other people’s private lives. So when I began the assignment, I questioned what kind of data does people use to form their digital profiles. We use “image”, as profile pictures or to built photo albums in order to present or daily lives and we use “text” to tag our personalities. Thorough the data provided, we let our close friends to catch up with us. Unfortunately 100 friends out of 800 might be our close friends and other 700 would be only voyeurs of our profile, actually who are being inactive friends. However we are not interacting with all of them, we just let them to see everything about us. People can stalk you down to your last pixel. Having all these in mind. I came up with a social networking site called Pixel.Me.

Smallest elements of datas are pixels. Images and texts presented as pixels in a computer screen. So why not making a profile page pixelated in order to make it more private. The more you will communicate with a person, the more you will get rid of the annoying affect of pixels.

Aspects of Pixel.me

– Making profiles invisible by pixelating, against the inactive friends.

– In order to make a profile page visible, one should contact the other by opening a conversation window and have a chat for at least five minutes. So that people will be aware of who are strolling around in their profile pages.

– Some people only look at the photo albums and doesn’t communicate with the owner of the profile. In this case, in order to be able to see the data they’ll be communicating the owner.- Any of the contact whose becoming an in-active friend again, won’t be available to see the profile page, so that he/she will be stimulated to communicate with the profile owner, in order to see get rid of the pixelated page.

– Only the people communicates you will be able to see you profile.

After the critique:

I find more appropriate; Pixel.Me as an application that people could plug in to a social networking site, rather then making a social networking site as it own. As a resultĀ  people who have privacy concerns can conceal their lives by using this application, against their friends who are being inactive.

Above,is the final look of the profile page which activated and visible after being communicating with the owner of the profile.

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