We are soliciting bids for a vertical social networking site.
The site must allow the creation of groups either public or private
Group administrators to control the group parameters including security levels and member permissions,invites and applications from members wishing to join the group (approvals)
Group administrators should also be able to add a private paypal link (to their own pay pal payment account)to collect group fees (seperate from membership fees) [url removed, login to view] to cover the venue rental, materials, books etc.
Must allow event creation including date,time, venue, venue photo, address, event fees:, notes,
Group blog for each event (not to consume to much space on the page)with event and venue ratings (to be updated after the event)
Members will create a profile with main photos and photo/video album (can be limited in global params), location, gender,age,im's w/status,links, member of (listing site group membership and other Social network club membership) and about me (notes).
Notices of new event alerts or notices alerts should be sent to member email or text msg. Must link back to the web post (event or notice) and allow members to rsvp to the event of confirm receipt of the notice.
Group admin and members should be able to create events or notices based on parameters set by the group administrator/permissions
Event date, time, and address should have a link to "send to phone", whereby this data is formatted and sent to a mobile device as a text msg.
Group admin and members should be able to set up an email/text msg reminder prior to the event...based on date, time, and maybe multiple reminders ie one week prior, day prior, two hours prior
New groups that are recruiting new members should be able to create and email list of their own to "invite" folks or to other groups/members on the site with similiar interests and geo locations.
Search function at the top of the page must allow visitors to search by group type (types provided and must be expandable) and geography (zip, city, state, general area descritption (SoCal)...
This site should easily scale to millions of users if necessary.
Groups and Members are subscription based and will be paid for via paypal for site access. 3-5 Package options will be offered. This needs to be built into the system. Must include annual renewal tracking and billing, and generate credit card expiration notices to users when needed for renewal. Also must include a 30 day grace period then automatically lock out the user.
Non members may apply to "open/public" groups but will not be permitted to join or contact private groups.
We have some idea as to what technology and platform makes sense but we are leaving it up to bidders to present their concepts. Please identify both with an explaination as to why each was selected for this particular project.
Also, please do not bid if you have no experience with social networking sites or mobile ready sites. Examples of work will weigh heavily in the decision making process so please include multiples examples of your recent work.
We are looking for a quick turn on this project. Completion dates are also important. But overall design and coding are more so.
We accept recommendations beyond the defined above demonstrating a clear understanding of the sites overriding objectives, short and long term.