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InteractiveQA is social network development and strategy shop. We specialize in Drupal, but when asked we work on Joomla, WordPress, custom PHP and even things like .NET, Java and Oracle, if you ask nicely. We focus on technical development, leaving design, content and SEO to others, though we're happy to provide lists of people we've worked with previously in these areas with portfolios and rates. We're always willing to come out and work alongside you to get the process going and get some better understanding, whether that's New York, Louisiana, Los Angeles or Shanghai. You can find out more about us here.
Responsive design is a regular requirement in web development now. Even if you use a theme or framework that's meant to be responsive, things can go wrong. It's important to test regularly to insure your site is behaving properly on different screens. Ideally you'd want to try on different devices and screen sizes, but while you're working you can also test using these resources that were collected on the CSS Designers & Developers group on LinkedIn. Read more about Responsive Design testing resources
If you think talking about a social network means Facebook you are thinking things are a lot more settled than they really are. Recent news of the sale of Tumblr for $1.1 billion should certainly be making anyone thinking there's room out there for another social network to sit up and start sketching out some wireframes, and it certainly highlights the diversity in the social networking landscape (we'll get into a whole discussion of the terms social networking and social media another time, don't worry). Read more about Social Networks - The Ever Changing Landscape
One of the beauties of building social networks with well developed CMSes with lots of contributed modules is it ressembles Legos more than churning out thousands of lines of code. Essential to this is educating User Experience designers and customers to the necessity for flexibility. Better to leverage other's work and have something better sooner and cheaper than to make it all from scratch. Read more about APIs & modules
The debates over what framework to use for building a social network have been beaten to death. While everyone has their own preferences it often times comes down to what expertise you have in house, and even more frequently, what you inherit. Of much greater importance is how to get in front of your audience fast with something. Getting in front of some customers has a bunch of benefits that will keep the good news coming in from early on in the project. Read more about Last site up is a rotten egg.