Web Services (08-706)

Social networking is increasingly a tool for both human expression and reflection. We can learn a lot about ourselves as a society by the trends and behaviors of social networks. Students are to prototype a Web application that instruments social trends. The idea is to seed communities with photographs to catalyze discussion, or, alternately, to encourage discussions to grow richer and more dynamic through illustration via photographs. Then, given the resulting interactions, the students should provide a Web application, or functionality for the same application, to enable the visualizing of the trends within the interactions you generate. In order to ensure a large community initial audience of potential participants, please use three different Web Services as the foundation of the application. The students may also make use of additional Web APIs. The best prototype will be the most creative in catalyzing and supporting interactions, the most user friendly, have the best analytics, and have great curb appeal. Be creative!