We’ve just recently rolled out a new interface with a bunch of new features — we’re hoping you might take a look. It is still an early prototype, but we think we’re headed in the right direction, and we’d love to know what you think.
Since the beginning, our goal has been to create the most accurate map of the social-industrial networks that drive cultural life in NYC. But in its previous form, famegame was limited to the events scoured and scraped by our database. It was accurate, but it was limited – and your feedback helped us realize that. Now we’re opening up the system to allow the very same people and organizations that make up these networks a way to get involved.
Basically this means that people and organizations can now manage their own profiles, as well as other profiles in the system — because every element is editable, by everyone.
Specifically, members of famegame.com can:
- Add connections between profiles (both people and organizations);
- Contribute or edit information for each profile section (biography, reference links, tags, and editorial mentions);
- Upload portrait images to replace the Andy Warhol placeholder image.
To keep everyone in the system accountable, all edits and contributions made on famegame will be linked to the person or organization that made those changes. It works a lot like the Events Attended section on the site – it’s an indisputable and uneditable category. You were there, and you can’t change that! At the same time, by contributing relevant information to other profiles, members will be spreading links to their own profiles.
Managing a famegame profile creates an opportunity to increase your presence in the famegame network, and as an extension, the real-world networks and influentials whose attention it is drawing. We think the contributions of the community are going to help the system grow, and because they are contributions visible to everyone who stops by – registered or not – famegame will now represent the community, as seen by the community (and as accounted for by our technology).
The goal is (and has always been) to allow members to play a smart game in the markets of media and attention in NYC. We think these new features will make that easier.
A couple of notes about joining famegame:
- If you search the network and find your profile, request a password for it. We will respond quickly so you can start participating in the community;
- If your profile has not yet been networked into our system, contact us. Look through the site to find a person or organization with whom you connect, and provide us with third party media (a link, picture, etc) that verifies your connection. We’ll work with you to create your public profile and credibly connect you to the network.
Be sure to let us know your thoughts — famegame works best when the community stays vocal. If you don’t quite understand what’s going on, it is probably because the site is still an open experiment. This is why we’re reaching out to you now. We encourage you to contribute ideas and feedback, and invite your friends to claim their profiles and envision possibilities for the network. We think we are at the beginning of a different kind of social network, and we want people like you to be at the beginning with us.
What good can possibly come of all this? It’s time to figure that out. Check back on this blog as we bring in more influential New Yorkers into our conversation over the next few months. And stay tuned for news from us as we continue to make new features, add new data, and watch this community grow!
Jose, Seth, and Ryan