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Presenting...MyLeaky. Your Harry Potter.

Posted by: Melissa
January 30, 2009, 02:47 PM

All right. Let's try this again. Today, Leaky has been radically reshaped forever.

Presenting...MyLeaky. Your Harry Potter.

MyLeaky is now the largest Harry Potter social network on the Web. We have been talking about doing it for years and working on it for many long months and can hardly believe it's finally here.

Leaky has now become your central place for interacting with your Harry Potter friends. Through your profile, you can message your friends, create and join groups and events, and interact in ways that you will find similar, but definitely Potter-ized, to other social networks.

MyLeaky is FULLY integrated into Leaky. You must be a member to leave comments on the site. You will not leave the site while using it.

If you have ever signed up for an account at Leaky, you are already a member. Member of the LeakyLounge? Done. Have a LeakyLogin? Sorted. This means there are already more than 75,000 members waiting to join you online.

But that's the very beginning.

When you first sign in, you will assign yourself a house. Choose wisely, because your house will be like your family at MyLeaky. Nearly everything you do on the site, and on the main Leaky page, and soon to become every other area at Leaky, will earn you points for your house. Top earners will win rewards; we will award house cups, host scavenger hunts, and much, much more.

Also, for the first time EVER, Leaky now has house-colorized skins, which you can only currently access by being a member. These will work nearly site-wide and you can expect more to appear in the future.

Are you in a wizard rock band? Then it's definitely time to sign up at MyLeaky. Wizard rock bands can now have their own specialized profiles, with the ability to upload music, post your upcoming shows, gather fans, and much more. We already have some bands in there who are waiting for your fanship:

Harry and the Potters
The Remus Lupins
The Moaning Myrtles
The Whomping Willows
Tonks and the Aurors
The Mudbloods

And the best part is that MyLeaky is fully customizable, which means this is NOT the end of our development of the program: It is merely the first step. As MyLeaky grows, your input will be vital to its expansion, and to making sure you have a great experience.

Enough from me. If you want to experience MyLeaky yourself, go ahead. Sign in at the top, or here, or register here and join the tens of thousands of Harry Potter fans who are waiting.

We have longed to bring all our users together under something like this for a very long time. We have some people to thank.

All the staff have worked tirelessly on this project; John Noe has provided deisgns and tweaked every graphic and skin, Frak has provided sketches, and Ashley designed our headers. Sue Upton and Doris Herrmann and Nick Rhein provided endless technical (and tactical) support and a handful of dedicated mod testers and wizard rock bands have been helping us iron out the bugs for months.

Over the past few days Nick Poulden almost singlehandedly rescued us from a server overload.

But really, guys, I have to ask you a favor. If you have a moment, before you run over to MyLeaky and start having that ball, can everyone give a large cheer and thanks to Alex Robbin, our resident super programmer? Alex Robbin is 18 years old. He coded MyLeaky from scratch. He has been working to nearly all hours on this for several months, with an intensity and ferocity we've never seen. I've extolled his virtues so many times here, but really, words here really do fail. The only thing we can do is all stand up and cheer, and hope that enough voices join the chorus that it comes even marginally close to expressing how we all feel. You can also now do that via a MyLeaky group for that purpose.

Thank you, Alex.

Now go enjoy MyLeaky, and welcome!

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225 Points

Nice work guys! the site looks awesome :)

Posted by AllysonLassiter on January 30, 2009, 03:31 PM report to moderator
500 Points

I do love the “guess that book” :)

Posted by HarriettPotter on January 30, 2009, 03:32 PM report to moderator
337 Points

This is fun. It looks like it was a lot of work to get up and going so thank you for all the time and hard work spent on giving us even more to love about Leaky!

Posted by wendybird3 on January 30, 2009, 03:39 PM report to moderator
40 Points

it’s cool, I like it

Posted by NBlovegood9294 on January 30, 2009, 03:43 PM report to moderator
330 Points

This seems like it’s going to be extremely awesome! Time to check it out. Thanks so much, Leaky! And a major thanks to Alex!!! :)

Posted by Wolfheart (WBM!) on January 30, 2009, 03:52 PM report to moderator
303 Points

Supper. I feel so…nerdy! :3

Posted by Rose on January 30, 2009, 04:02 PM report to moderator
139 Points

Wow this is amazing! Well Done Alex and Leaky!

Posted by Cian on January 30, 2009, 04:12 PM report to moderator
285 Points

Kudos for doing it yourself Alex, unlike Simsy and his premade Ning, this thing actually had a lot of work put into it.

There are still some layout things that can be improved, but hey, it can rapidly become better than Mugglespace.

Posted by Brad Ausrotas on January 30, 2009, 04:16 PM report to moderator
280 Points

This is so fun. Great idea! Thanks for all the hard work you guys do!

Posted by Amonara on January 30, 2009, 04:24 PM report to moderator
319 Points

I’d like to thank everyone at Leaky for this awesome addition to the site.

But to Alex…

As someone who aspires to be one of the top web developers/computer programmers, you are my rock! :p

Posted by Professor Witchard on January 30, 2009, 04:30 PM report to moderator
44049 Points

Nice, but a little slow

Posted by Dolemite [FTC!] on January 30, 2009, 04:30 PM report to moderator
436 Points

Ooh, Dolomite, I do like seeing rocks represented! I think everyone is playing on Leaky, plus some coding still being worked on, is slowing everything down. Its like on days when major HP news/trailers break.

MyLeaky is definitely growing on me.

Posted by Dr. LEW on January 30, 2009, 04:35 PM report to moderator
6352 Points

Gee, I don’t have a lot of points yet. Kind of embarrassing.

Posted by KB Prez [ROAR!] on January 30, 2009, 04:39 PM report to moderator
202 Points

Wow this is cool! I’m a relativly new Harry Potter fan and this is a great reason to get more into leaky =]

Posted by ravenclawsinger on January 30, 2009, 04:45 PM report to moderator
202 Points

Wow this is cool! I’m a relativly new Harry Potter fan and this is a great reason to get more into leaky =]

Posted by ravenclawsinger on January 30, 2009, 04:45 PM report to moderator
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