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Adding functionality – Social Gallery Image Viewer

So you’ve installed Pics Mash – The Facemash for WordPress plugin

You are now enjoying the ability to display images from your WordPress website in a “Facemash” rating contest. You have used the shortcodes to filter down by specific categories or authors. Now you are wondering – how else can I tweak the plugin to make my website even more engaging to my visitors.

Well, I’d like to introduce you to another premium WordPress plugin which can really boost user engagement. That plugin is “Social Gallery” and it is available from CodeCanyon for $14. 

To have the Social Gallery Image Viewer work seamlessly with Pics Mash – the following settings will enable it to be shown on the top rated and bottom rated images.

The CSS Selector to use is: .picsmashvoting a:has(img)

I would strongly recommend Social Gallery to anyone who has a website where you have images that users would usually click on or want to see a larger version. It’s a very powerful and well developed piece of code. The perfect compliment to the Pics Mash plugin. Buy it from CodeCanyon today.

social gallery

What is Facemash?

Facemash, the Facebook’s predecessor, opened on October 28, 2003. Initially, the website was invented by a Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg, and three of his classmates – Andrew McCollum, Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz. Zuckerberg wrote the software for the Facemash website when he was in his second year of college. The website was set up as a type of “hot or not” game for Harvard students. The website allowed visitors to compare two student pictures side-by-side and let them choose who was “hot” and who was “not”.

That night, Zuckerberg wrote the following blog entries:

I’m a little intoxicated, not gonna lie. So what if it’s not even 10 pm and it’s a Tuesday night? What? The Kirkland dormitory facebook is open on my desktop and some of these people have pretty horrendous facebook pics. I almost want to put some of these faces next to pictures of farm animals and have people vote on which is more attractive.
—9:49 pm
Yea, it’s on. I’m not exactly sure how the farm animals are going to fit into this whole thing (you can’t really ever be sure with farm animals…), but I like the idea of comparing two people together.
—11:10 pm
Let the hacking begin.
—12:57 am
 
 

According to The Harvard Crimson, Facemash “used photos compiled from the online facebooks of nine Houses, placing two next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the ‘hotter’ person”. To accomplish this, Mark Zuckerberg hacked into Harvard’s security network and copied the student ID images used by dormitories and used them to populate his Facemash website.

Harvard at that time did not have a student directory with photos and basic information, and with the initial site generated 450 visitors and 22,000 photo-views in its first four hours online. That the initial site mirrored people’s physical community—with their real identities—represented the key aspects of what later became Facebook.

On October 25, 2010, entrepreneur and banker Rahul Jain auctioned off FaceMash.com to an unknown buyer for $30,201.