The basics would be rather similar to just about every other social networking site out there. The core idea is communities. But it would also involve scraping a handful of websites for information, rather than forcing the users to update itself. It would also need multiple levels of privacy for user information, based on various forms of criteria beyond simply "Is this person on my friends list, or not?" There would also need to be multiple ways to search for people, beyond the usual name/age/area. Much more based on online sort of things (Game servers, games played, etc) Design wouldn't need to be anything amazing, so not after 2advanced or anything like that. On the whole, I don't think the project would be too complicated, but I'm not entirely positive on how accurate that is. My web development skills don't go much beyond some very basic php stuff Ultimately, I would probably prefer trying to work out some sort of profit sharing deal with the project being done on the side by a developer with free time rather than hiring someone to do it, but I know that everyone out there is an idea man who needs someone who can do the technical side, so I'm not getting my hopes up for that sort of thing.