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NIGERIAN STUDENT CREATES SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE

by Akumbu Uche

A 22-year old Nigerian student has created a new social networking service, Ploggin.com

Its creator, Nnoduka Eruchalu, is a student at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

Nnoduka Eruchalu*

Ploggin is an online platform that encourages worldwide interaction over the Internet. Much like popular social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, the site supports micro-blogging and live-feeds.

However, there are a few distinguishing features. Users have the option of posting comments anonymously and a user can upload a media stream containing a maximum of seven audio, picture or video files.

The site’s slogan reads, “Your collage defines you. Your anonymous feedback defines others.”

“I noticed that on other sites, people usually post a lot of unnecessary pictures and information. Again, the posting format I have created allows users to be more authentic, honest and less self-censoring”, explained Eruchalu.

“It took me about three months to write code, programme and set up the website. During this time, I was also working as a Teaching Assistant at school and interning at Microsoft”, he said.

Asked about plans for the future, Eruchalu said, “I hope that Ploggin grows but I am already working on my next idea. There is a lot of speculation about what the next major platform will be and when it comes, I want to be a part of it.”

Since its launch in November, Ploggin has attracted 250 users and a growing number of visitors.

 

* Photo courtesy of Nkemka Uche.

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3 thoughts on “NIGERIAN STUDENT CREATES SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE

  1. This is nice. nice idea to start a social networking site. Bad idea to have the anonymous option. Gives room for scam, cyber-bullies and all sorts.
    I hope ploggin grows to change some of it’s current features.
    Give Google+ (plus.google.com) a try.

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