147098 Social Networking *DRUPAL*

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DRUPAL expert needed to build a social networking site for a financial community. High visibilty site, the development team that takes on this project will get a lot of exposure and visability. Please do not bid this project if you don't have extensive DRUPAL experience.

The community is made up of professional and active non professional investors (aka day traders) and currently numbers around 100,000. On an average day we have about 5000 people logged in at any given time. We're looking for an experienced developer to help us not only build it, but help with design and suggestions using their experience to guide us to a good solution.

Currently our website www.financialchat.com is just a conduit to our live chat. I am looking at creating a solid scalable social networking platform around this community. We're looking to offer them the tools found in most other social networking sites.

We're looking for someone that can take the reins and run with it, project management not just coder. Here's an idea of the different features we are looking to put tie together for the users, this is just a general idea of some major functions, but the right candidate will have more suggestions pulling from their past experience.

Blog
Forums
Picture galleries
Streaming media - Video/audio gallery
Groups so that users can create their own groups and invite other users (communities within the community)
Unified commenting system
Voting/polls
Newsletter preferably integrated with groups so users can send their own newsletters
Wiki tied to groups so each group can have and maintain their own wiki

We'd like to use as much off the shelf components as possible as this is a bit of a trial balloon and we'd like to keep costs reasonable until we know that our users will have a positive reaction to the new application. We'd also want to find a good web 2.0 theme that lends itself to a social networking site. I have some other ideas I'd like to implement after this, and I'd also love to hear anything you might have to share with your past work/experience with social network design with Drupal, or some great features you think this project should include.

The site we're looking to move over has a great community and it's won best of the web in major publications such as Baron's and Forbes. I think that this project could bring some great attention to Drupal and it's open source community and I look forward to working towards that goal.

Skills required:
AJAX, Anything Goes, MySQL, PHP
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