我在2003年設計了港版Facebook

有朋友申請科技園的IncuTech科培計劃,想看看我七年前所寫的申請書作參考,好吧,反正已是七年前的產品,就挖出來給他參考一下。

重看申請書頭第一段,發覺我早在2003年,當市場仍在迷醉於Java(J2ME) Game的美好前景時,我們已經visiualize到類似Facebook的social network with 3rd party plug-in願景:

“The concept behind “m-Friends”, is a mobile online user community. It is not an ordinary “Java Game”. An ordinary “Java Game” has the same game play, same content, and its features cannot be extended, thus having a shorter product life-cycle. Even for an outstanding network Java Game that can be charged by subscription, the fact is that the product will have a limited life-cycle because of the limitation of handsets capabilities and ever-the-same game play.

m-Friends on the other hand, is extendable. All functions and features are processed at the server-side. Most graphics and animations are also pulled from the server, which means we can add new features, new applications modules or make changes to the user interface anytime, at server side. All these can be done without the need of downloading a new version of the client software. What this also means is that the “m-Friends” framework can be later on extended to become a Mobile Online Applications Portal, accepting applications developed by 3rd parties to be “plugged-in” as modules to the Portal, eliminate the problems of fighting for user-base individually and negotiating with mobile operators.”

現在已經七年,m-Friends仍在運作,仍有用戶(雖然不算多),仍在收月費(但設計已過時),只可惜沒有爆發起來。

我想,我們實在是來得太早,走得過前(而資金投放亦太少)了。

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Author: Keith Li Keith Li(李勁華)為流動應用程式開發商Innopage創辦人及CEO、浸會大學客席講師、香港無線科技商會執行委員,並於2016年選舉委員會(資訊科技界界別分組)選舉中勝出,當選選舉委員會委員。 Keith曾於蘋果日報撰寫IT創業專欄〈偉大航道〉,現時定期在〈信報StartupBeat〉、〈立場新聞〉、〈評台〉等多個媒體發表文章。

One Response to "我在2003年設計了港版Facebook"

  1. JC
    JC 5 years ago .Reply

    沒錯! 親身經歷,走的太早,市場和用戶還沒成熟﹔太遲則市場個餅已經分完。剛剛
    好才有機會成功,至於什麼是剛剛好﹖我認為有時是命中註定,當然,機會永遠都
    是留給有準備的人,肯試的成功機會可能有一半,不試肯定沒有任何機會!

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