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Right, my new sites been open a month and we have nearly 4500 members already and we have begun working on the non beta release.

One of the features that came up in a meeting i had with some of the other people involved was corporate profiles.

This would allow businesses to sign up and set up a profile about their company...as well as do a few other things, here are some of the modules we currently have planned should company profiles go ahead:

Store
Allowing users to sell products and services via our website (facevault would then take a small % off the sale price to cover costs etc and make money)

Jobs
This will allow companies to post up their current job vacancies with possibilities of allowing users to apply via the site as well

There would also be the modules that would be open to all profile types, such as blogs etc.

Profiles are also css (Div) based so the profile could exactly match the corporate branding of the company.

The main reason for the corporate profiles would be to then incorporate a product and services search into the browse section of the website, allowing users to find products and services they are interested in, and giving the companies that have profiles extra potential sale leads as well!.

All companies, products etc would be verified before going up on the site.

What are your thoughts?, would you use a profile if it was free?...would you pay for a profile? if you knew 100's and in the future 1000's of people would be using the product search on the website.

are there any other things that you think company profiles should have?..

Thanks in advance for your comments
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Also would like your comments on the best way to market such a feature on the site.

We've decided to go ahead with this so, im looking for a list of companie to beta test the features before it actualy goes live, if your interested then let me know - tom@facevault.com

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Tom
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Heyy there,

I've just been having a very interesting discussion with a good friend about the appeal of myspace, and the business side behind it. It was quite cooincidental to see your post as I understand your site is pretty similar.

I think the store idea is fantastic, but it must be kept simple for the end user. Think you could be onto a winner with that idea in particular.

I could write loads and loads about this i'm sure, but my eye lids are getting heavier, so may add some more tomorrow.

All the best,

Adam
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First thing that comes to mind when you say it will be having a "store" is how the retailer would manage the backend? How would the sales generated be handled by there processing system? How would payments be taken? Directly by the retailer (which means it's got to integrate with merchants accounts) or would it all be handled by your site and then the payments passed onto the retailer?

I think it could definitely suit some business types, clothing etc and perhaps low value items such as CD's.
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Thats one of the main things that we identified as a problem with myspace, its very complicated....and not very user friendly, the new version of myspace is being designed specificaly to be as simple as possible.

and payments etc would be handled via facevault.
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This may be of some interest to you:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...echnology/home
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very interesting artcle, thanks for that, we did conduct alot of research befor starting the project, and we do have quite a few tricks up our sleeves
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Hi Tom,
If you'd like any advice on the payment systems please feel free to email me. We're embarking on a new project soon which will involve a complex payment system - probably simular to what your looking for so i'm currently researching this and would be happy to swap notes with you.
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