JomSocial wins its developer an award

KUALA LUMPUR: Helping people create their own interactive online communities has won Slashes & Dots Sdn Bhd the Best Joomla Application Award at the Content Management System (CMS) Expo 2010 in Chicago.

The Malaysian company won the award because of its social networking application, called JomSocial. With it, anyone can create his or her own interactive communities.

“Think of JomSocial as (a tool to help you set up) your own private Facebook. The main purpose of JomSocial is to connect people via communities,” said Slashes & Dots executive director Azrul Rahim, 30, who holds an information systems engineering degree from the Imperial College, London.

He is pleased that getting the award brings recognition to his company, especially in the open-source industry.

The company developed JomSocial from Joomla, which is an open-source CMS solution. The solution’s strength is in keeping track of every piece of content — from photos to videos to documents — on a website. JomSocial, like any other social networking website, supports a host of features such as video and picture posting, private messaging, user profiles and third-party applications. Plus, the JomSocial content can be exported to other social networks, like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Azrul said JomSocial is a practical solution especially for companies that have blocked access to foreign social networking websites, but that still want their employees to better interact or socialise with each other. They can use JomSocial to set up their own company communities.

Others can also use JomSocial to set up alumni groups or a fan base for music artistes and movie stars.

For example, said Azrul, a rockstar may have a huge fan base on Facebook, but he or she may not have access to the e-mail addresses of all the fans.

“With JomSocial, the rockstar will have better control of the fan base because all the details will be available, and he or she will also have direct control over the design and features of the fansite if they wish,” he said.

Also, if a social networking website is closed down, any information about the fans will be lost. Everyone concerned will then have to rebuild the contacts. “With JomSocial, they won’t have this problem,” Azrul claimed.

Slashes & Dots has more than 10,000 registered websites running JomSocial. “The bulk of our customers is from the United States, followed by Europe, and then the rest of the world,” he said.

JomSocial retails at US$149 (about RM500) and can be downloaded from Slashes & Dots has offices in the United States and Europe for support activities.

CMS Expo 2010 is a platform for CMS professionals to learn the latest web skills while making valuable business connections. It is an annual event.

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