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Jakko

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I have an idea about an application that can be created on facebook. It is supposed to cater to those who are competitive in nature and are interested in activities like sports.

I would like to get a second opinion on it because I have no background in programing and I am not really sure if it can be set up as an application.

I know there are a few of you out there who have already created an application or are in the process of creating an application on facebook. Would anyone of you want to see if it could work? If we can create something out of it, then maybe you can have me as a parter.

But, how do I make it so that I can share my idea but still make it so that it is protected from being stolen?
 

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Jorge

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The best way would be to require to sign an NDA before revealing your idea.
 
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Jakko

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Thank you, Jorge.

Do you know where I can obtain one? Would I need the assistance of an attorney?
 

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Don't worry about keeping your idea a secret; just find someone you trust to help you develop it. Here are the problems with worrying about keeping an idea like this secret:

- As soon as you release the app, it's no longer protected. And any advantage you gain over being the first to release the app will be negated by someone else who is a better developer and better marketer. So focus your energy on building a great app, and less on trying to hide the details around it;

- Even with an NDA, someone can steal your idea. Of course, you'd have the recourse of a lawsuit, but that would be expensive, and I'm not sure you'd choose to pay legal fees (potentially in the hundreds of thousands of dollars) over a Facebook app;

- Even if you do decide to pursue legal recourse if someone steals your idea, proving that someone has violated an NDA can be difficult. Especially if your application idea is something that could easily have been conceived of by others, and doesn't contain any patentable technology. So, winning a case against someone who signed an NDA is far from certain.

Just my $.02, but my suggestion is to find someone you trust to help you and get moving on the idea...
 

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:iagree: Ditto on the above. Preoccupation with protecting the idea usually results in an idea not executed. Just do it ... ideas are a dime a dozen, execution is 1 in a million.
 

scorpio70

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FIRST POST - Re: New Facebook Application

I just joined, this is my first post, and I can relate 100% to your concerns. I also have a facebook app under development. I've broken my project up into parts, so that nobody working on it knows exactly what it is. The core of the application is a website/web based application developed by someone else. Then there is the facebook-centric graphic design done by a designer, with a mockup done by me using a facebook color pallette. Last of all I am learning some basic facebook markup language to turn the "website" into an app.

Personally I am not investing too much money in developing or advertising this because FB has a rep for being a poor advertising venue. I think a FB app(and mine, in particular - of course) is a good idea, but it will either "Go Big" or DIE, on its own merit. I'll let you know what my click through rate is like after my ads are up.

I am no expert, by the way, but I recommend that you become familiar with the terminology and process involved.

Some Facebook resources for you:
http://www.softwaredeveloper.com/features/develop-facebook-app-072607/
(List of How To's and Tutorials)

http://www.insidefacebook.com/2007/12/09/inside-facebook-marketing-bible-24-ways-to-market-your-brand-company-product-or-service-in-facebook/
(FB marketing bible)

Some other resources:
Joyent, Free Facebook App Host: http://joyent.com/developers/facebook/
(NO support, though. $45 setup/$45 month for low end cloud-computing service with support.)

Odesk: Hire freelancers - http://www.odesk.com/w/

PM me for my Facebook link.
Maybe we can work together on this or another future project. Anyone else on Facebook or interested in similar projects, talk to me. And no, I don't have capital and barely know anything about web development. I know just enough to hold a conversation with someone with real technical ability, and that's about it.
 

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I have an idea about an application that can be created on facebook. It is supposed to cater to those who are competitive in nature and are interested in activities like sports.

I would like to get a second opinion on it because I have no background in programing and I am not really sure if it can be set up as an application.

I know there are a few of you out there who have already created an application or are in the process of creating an application on facebook. Would anyone of you want to see if it could work? If we can create something out of it, then maybe you can have me as a parter.

But, how do I make it so that I can share my idea but still make it so that it is protected from being stolen?

Jakko,


Amongst many other web devs we are capable of doing, we ALSO do facebook applications. We actually just finished doing a "beer pong tournament tracker" application for a local college student ;-) If you want to get an idea of price, just shoot me an email at tom@aptohosting.com or call me at 1-866-404-9090.

Thanks,
Tom C.
www.aptohosting.com
 
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Jakko

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Jorge, JScott and MJ. Thanks guys. I know I can't always be preoccupied with protecting the idea. I am going to start implementing my ideas into action.

Scorpio, thank you for providing the links. Some of them had really great articles on various topics.

Apto, thank you for the offer. Right now, I am in the process of writing up a business plan so I'll let you know when I am ready to take it up to the next step.
 

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