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    Hey guys I'm coding my own website/social network using notepad (text editor) in the html language and I need to know how I can create a sort of text area that has a button next to it to post and share with friends like the one on facebook or even myspace e.t.c. Also, do I need to put in separate coding to create a news feed from the post/share button - if so what exactly. I'm working on the site offline and if anyone can assist please kindly do so.
    Thanks in advance!

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    I've used this before, but with WordPress.
    I suppose it can be used with anything?
    http://www.addthis.com/


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    You're going to need much more than just HTML for a project like this, all of the above mentioned use a multitude of programming and scripting languages for all the different levels of functionality.

    Something similar can be accomplished with HTML, PHP, AJAX, JavaScript and a mysql db.

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    HTML and CSS can only make static websites. To make a social network you need to learn php and MySQL databases, as mentioned earlier.

    Start off by learning HTML and CSS fully.
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    For a project like this, I would recommend Ruby on Rails. Especially since there are a lot of tutorials on making social networking websites (The first RoR book I purchase was built around making a Digg clone).

    This means you are going to learn a little bit of Ruby, but I find it was a hell lot easier to jump into compare to PHP. The second problem is scalability. But I don't think you are going to make the next Facebook just yet judging from your lack of knowledge on HTML limits.

    Also with Ruby on Rails, you need only the most minimal knowledge of SQL to start with, while giving you control to use more advance SQL commands if you want to dig into it.

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    Indeed I do acknowledge the incorporation of the other programming languages, I just needed to be clear as to exactly where each coding is used. Thanks to all for the eye-openers though.

    However I'm also contemplating on the idea of using software/services (such as Ning) to create the network but I'm concerned about the acknowledgement of ownership, how they work in general, where the catch is, amount of control I would posses over the design stage, management of the site; even after the project is complete and legalities entailed - Any suggestions, tips and pointers e.t.c?

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    Indeed I do acknowledge the incorporation of the other programming languages, I just needed to be clear as to exactly where each coding is used. Thanks to all for the eye-openers though.

    However I'm also contemplating on the idea of using software/services (such as Ning) to create the network but I'm concerned about the acknowledgement of ownership, how they work in general, where the catch is, amount of control I would posses over the design stage, management of the site; even after the project is complete and legalities entailed - Any suggestions, tips and pointers e.t.c?

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    Step#1 - find and consult an IP lawyer ( intellectual property ), and draft a contract.

    Step#2 - consign a dedicated server space so you will have the control you need for everything needed to run the site.

    Also have non-compete clauses signed by any employees and maintain complete control of all the code, only give access to the bits and pieces, never give complete control or access to all the code.

    Your contracts should protect you and your project legally.

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    If you are going to use third party software, the sharing feature may very. Looking at Ning, I don't see if they have a share button. If not, you might need access to the API, which is only available with the Pro service.

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    Thanks a lot Kayo and Webzarus. It seems like there is plenty of work ahead. This information is much appreciated.


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