I was intrigued by the idea of having a collection of local online communities where people could openly share their thoughts with others, but in a more broad yet structured setting than is typical of current social media platforms such as Facebook and GroupMe.
What it does
Purposeshare is a website dedicated to bringing out the creative side in all of us. During the COVID-19 Quarantine, many of us may feel socially isolated at home, and the outcome of this might include feeling depressed, bored, or experiencing any other negative reaction. Therefore, by creating an open forum space with categories ranging from science to comedy & humor to government & politics, all while giving users the ability to interact with people that are physically close to them, a newfound sense of bonding can be established and our creative passions can surface even during this time of quarantine. An additional feature of Purposeshare's forum system is that it allows users to ask as well as answer questions related to the coronavirus.
How I built it
I essentially learned how to operate Wordpress, and added in additional css/php code to try to make the website how I wanted it to be.
Challenges I ran into
Challenges I ran into include dealing with spam posts as well as how to style and function the forum to exactly how I wanted it to be.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Getting the website to be functional and how unique it looks compared to other social media sites.
What I learned
You don't have to know a ton of background in CS in order to build a functional website that can bring others together.
What's next for Purposeshare
Expanding the user base to more people, the creation of groups for more locations in the U.S. and around the world, including major cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, etc.