Programmers at LAGbook began a one-month coding session on the 20th of December, 2012, which aimed at increasing the privacy of their over 800,000 registered members by over 80%.
Earlier, LAGbook updated their users on their progress so-far, and all the steps they have taken and will take in order to ensure that their users’ information are safe.
According to Chidi Nwaogu, Co-CEO at LAGbook, “We started writing lines and lines of code since the twenty of December, and our aim was simple; we want to improve user privacy on LAGbook by a very distinctive percent.”
“We took several steps in order to achieve this ideal state, which included narrowing down our chat system to friends only, adding a block above all profile pages on LAGbook that encourages our users to review their privacy setting, preventing non-friends to write on a user’s wall, and scaling down user’s contents on LAGbook in such a way that they cannot be accessed by non-friends,” Chidi added.
“We want a spam-free community, and we had to sit up for hours moving our fingers just to achieve this. Spam is a major concern to user-driven communities, and for the past thirty days, we have stayed up overnight making baby paces toward achieving this desire result. Finally, we can boast of a nearly spam-free community,” says Chika Nwaogu, Co-CEO at LAGbook.
“In the past, we have made steps to improve user privacy on LAGbook, which included implementing a friend-only newsfeed, scrapping out our group chat system, and removing user contents from the front-row of every module. This is a conclusion of our effort so far,” says Josh Osemwegie, CFO at LAGbook.
According to Emmanuel Alugo, CTO at LAGbook, “In order to remind our users of how important their privacy is to us, we have added a padlock image at the header of LAGbook. Users simply have to click on this padlock image to review their privacy settings at anytime.”
“There were practices we could permit when our user size was still under a hundred thousand. But as we continue to grow, there’re some practices we have to stop in order to promote a spam-free community, and that is what we just did. We are over eight hundred thousand registered users, and according to our present growth curve, we are expected to cross the one million member-mark before we turn three in April,” says Nosa Ilegbinehi, the Publicity Chief at LAGbook.
LAGbook is one of Africa’s fastest, largest, and leading growing social networking utility with over 800,000 registered members. LAGbook initially kicked-off as an exclusive social network for students of the University of Lagos on the 25th of April, 2010, and has since then expanded and continued to grow.
LAGbook is most popular in the United States, Nigeria, United Kingdom, India, Philippines, Ghana, and South Africa.