There’s a frenzy going on in the development of Social Engine based networks and social apps for said networks. It’s not hard to figure out why – smart phones and social media are hot trends. It also proves just how effective the platform is for bringing these two trends together.
Best part is that the current development is just a tiny part of what’s about to come. It can be overlaid on a blog or photo upload website or any site where there’s a community that needs a social network. The social app is so that members can post content via their iPhones and iPads.
For the owner, it’s a ride straight to the bank. There are immediate possibilities for monetization by offering the social app for download at a price. A branded iPhone social app can be set up very quickly and offered for download via iTunes.
High traffic networks with lots of members and popular content can charge up to 5 or 6 dollars for the app. It should, of course, be useful enough. At the very least, throw in a nice interface that members can use to post content, and enable video and photo sharing.
A big advantage it has over other platforms is that it is a PHP-based script with a publicly available SDK. This means that there’s an active SE community creating plug-ins and mods. As of now, plug-ins can be installed for most everything members need on a social network, including photo and video sharing, polls, language translations and the social iPhone app.
With the new version 4.0 release, the implementation and addition of plug-ins and third-party mods has become even easier. The interface now has a drag-and-drop CMS and a package manager. Just as phpBB became the most popular bulletin with a large number of developers, Social Engine too looks like it is on its way to the top.