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SixFeetFromTheEdge
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Oct-04-10, 03:26 PM (CST)
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"I have an idea... Need your opinions"
 
   Hey all, this is the first time I've visited this site. I'm 24 and have had the H for 4 years. It's been tough on me mentally and I haven't been in a relationship since I got infected.

I'm thinking about starting a type of facebook for people with STD's... What do you think? Being that I have the H I would rather be with a girl who has it too than with someone who doesn't.

I have the know how and the professionalism to construct such a site, I'm just getting some feedback on how popular it would be. PRIVACY would be my main objective and protecting people from persecution.

Give me your feedback!!

Thanks


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C16679admin
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Oct-04-10, 03:48 PM (CST)
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1. "RE: I have an idea... Need your opinions"
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   LAST EDITED ON Oct-04-10 AT 03:49 PM (CDST)
 
I do very little online stuff besides this site. I'm not on Facebook or any other social networking site.

I know there are STD dating sites and I think some of them have message boards and other features where you can interact with other participants. I think mpwh is a popular Herpes site. Also a few years ago www.club462.com started up. They were aiming to be a social/dating/education site for those with and without STDs and other "secrets". It seemed like a great concept, but it doesn't seem to have taken off.

Since my experience and knowledge of these things is pretty minimal, I don't know how similar it might be for you if you try to start a new site. If there's a big difference between a purely social networking site similar to Facebook vs. a dating site, maybe you'll have better luck. Since I don't use Facebook, but so many people obviously DO use it, I'm not sure those folks would manage to pry themselves away from FB and essentially start from scratch on another site that will be limited in population (I'm assuming, especially with privacy being an issue, that the average user then would be missing a gazillion of their 'regular' friends and family from FB, so they would then have to keep up profiles on 2 different sites).

Anyway, that's just my 2 cents of things to possibly consider.

C.


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silverchick
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Oct-06-10, 05:19 PM (CST)
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3. "RE: I have an idea... Need your opinions"
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   I like the idea, but C has a lot of valid points. One of the biggest problems I see a lot of people run into with social media sites is the 'build it and they will come' mentality doesn't work. People are already on Facebook, they're on Twitter and it's very difficult to get them to use other social media sites that do essentially the same thing. That's not to say it's impossible, but it often doesn't work.

As a few people mentioned, there are quite a few dating sites for people with herpes. I actually use positive singles, although now that I mention that, it's kind of funny last night I was browsing through the site (which I actually rarely do) and looked up other girls on the site. It's just kind of comforting to put faces to other girls that are like you with herpes. I thought about e-mailing one of them, but then decided it would be pretty weird. I mean, what would you say? "Hey, we both have herpes, so I thought let's be friends."

Also, I know there are some regional social groups for people with herpes if you're interested. Normally you can find them pretty easily by just digging around a bit online. Anyhow, some things to think about.


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Native Bum
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2. "RE: I have an idea... Need your opinions"
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If we lived in a more socially acceptable world, this would be a great idea. However, I could see many people either not joining or jeopardizing their social life by doing so.

There are plenty of dating sites out there for people who have herpes, and I'd recommend taking that road.

Good Luck!

Cheers,
E M I L I A


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