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Merar - The Emerging Markets Investment Network v2.0 ...

Published at March 20, 2011 | Tagged with: , , , ,

... or how we redesigned Merar`s website

If you follow me on Twitter maybe you have noticed that a week ago(to be more precise 11th of March) I tweeted about the new version of Merar. Unfortunately it took me 9 days before I find some time to post about what we do and what we expect. Before to continue with the changes I should mention that in "redesign" I mean some changes in the business model and logic as in the interface design(which I have to say is much simpler and intuitive then the previous one), so lets start with the changes:

  • The website is now split in two major sections: Investors or as we call it "Provide Funds" and Entrepreneurs or "Get Funds".
  • We have simplified the registration process so now you are just a few clicks away from becoming a member.
  • The process of submitting project was made simpler and some helpful hints are added to guide you during it.
  • There are also small changes in the messaging system, the member profile and some more.

We put big effort on usability and SEO on the design stage of the project and according to the final product and member responses we have done a good job.
My special thanks to all guys from Magic who were part of this project - the credits belong to them.

Now if you are still reading just go and try it. Sell your business(idea), invest your funds or just check it out. I`ll be glad to hear(read) your opinion.

Google and social networks - wins and failures

Published at July 27, 2010 | Tagged with: , , ,

...will google finaly place itself on the top of social networks?

Have you ever heard of Orkut?

Most of the people will say "No". This was the first try of Google to take place in the world of the social networks. Ok, maybe not the first. I have to admit the the first was in the late 2003rd when Google offered to purchase Friendster, but their offer was declined. So they decided to start own project and in 2004th Orkut was launched with the hope that it will dethrone Facebook from the leading position. Although the big interest in the start it didn`t succeed to take the first place(by registered users) and is now on number 7 with 100 milion users. Some people blame Brazilians for overwhelming it and repulsing other members by using not English but Portuguese in social discussions. Since then Orkut is widely used in Brazil and India but not popular in the other countries.
So this was big failure number one(if you can call failure 100 milion users.)

Google Buzz

This was the second attempt, this time the "attack" was pointed in the area of short messages. Again it couldn`t reach the size of its main competitor Twitter.

Google Me

Digg founder Kevin Rose, posted on Twitter the rumour that Google are going to intriduce a Facebook competitor. SF weekly posted an article that this is true and Google have already allocated many engineers to this project.

The only thing left to us is to wait and see will Google finaly succeed to take the throne of social networks king.

Lets start!

Published at May 19, 2010 | Tagged with:

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I`m Ilian Iliev, software engineer(with heat engineering background) and passionate web developer. Here I`ll post articles about programing(python, django, google app engine etc.) as well as my adventures in real world - music, travel, chess and many others. Hope that you will find the useful and interesting, feel free to comment them and contact me.  Also English is not my native language so you`re welcome to correct me if I mess it up.

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