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This past Friday, FuelEmpire.com re-launched their auto social networking community site. Looking at the cars, it is like MTV's Pimp My Ride but way more cars! They already have about 600 members and about 5,200 car images. So many times when I review a site, my main concern with its ability to survive is the number of users and the community aspect. FuelEmpire already has a great community.
James from FuelEmpire sent over some information about the site which I have provided below. James is very open to comments about the site and that is critical when building a passion-centric community.
I believe it was Ted from Dogster at the Future of Web Apps Summit who noted that auto/car passion-centric communities are very hot currently. CenterNetworks will be completing a full review of FuelEmpire in the coming weeks.
Commentary provided by FuelEmpire:
Why should I be interested in FuelEmpire?
This market is becoming increasingly populated and we feel we have the right combination; a killer team, self funding, and a focus on automobiles, unlike our competitors.
Who is on the FuelEmpire Team?
- CEO – James Thomas – Disney Internet Group web developer
- COO/CFO – Matt Bateman – A large Asian auto manufacturer
- CTO – Dave Mouyal – Sprint USA Technical Administrator
- Developer – Chris Casper – Disney Internet Group web developer
Who do we consider FuelEmpire's competition?
What features have been added with the redesign?
- All New Design
- User profiles have been created (as opposed to just vehicle profiles)
- New user contact methods
- Updatable vehicle ratings
- Optional flash slideshow
- User selectable profile URLs (completely on-the-fly and choose from several domain names)
- Removed account diskspace limitations
- Favorite vehicles feature
- Multiple photo uploads
- Future updates will include video and a desktop uploader