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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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177 Comments

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Facebook + MySpace + Harry Potter – stalkers = MyLeaky!

Oh how good it is to see the world of Harry Potter tinted so derservedly in blue! (House pride? You betcha :)

Posted by Jonathan on January 30, 2009, 04:56 PM report to moderator
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every think looks great. keep up the great work. cant wait to see what you guys come up with next.

Posted by poterlily on January 30, 2009, 05:12 PM report to moderator
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Thank you Alex!!!

Posted by crushonlupin on January 30, 2009, 05:39 PM report to moderator
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Completely. Phenomenal. Thank you soooo much LeakyStaffers- you’ve rocked my world!

Posted by SnapeShapedHole on January 30, 2009, 05:41 PM report to moderator
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Woah. This is like Fiddy-Five all over again! Great work you guys. This will be fun

Posted by mollywobble on January 30, 2009, 05:43 PM report to moderator
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671 Points

Haha excellent! I like this Leaky-social network integration. Leaky: give yourselves a big pat on the back, it’s much well deserved

Posted by Arka on January 30, 2009, 06:07 PM report to moderator
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Intresting, kinda like it :D

Posted by steve on January 30, 2009, 06:17 PM report to moderator
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Ahh! My dream-come-true!

Posted by SylvieTheHufflepuff on January 30, 2009, 06:17 PM report to moderator
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I love this idea!!!! Great Job to those responsible for it!!

Posted by Ascendancy on January 30, 2009, 06:21 PM report to moderator
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thank you all for this!

Posted by Hermione_1991 [ WBM ] on January 30, 2009, 06:37 PM report to moderator
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I’m happy everyone loves it so much! I am hard at work on verison 1.1 for all of you guys and fixing all the bugs you have kindly emailed in to me (my inbox has since exploded with many thankyous and bug reports and friend requests, I’m a little overwhelmed!).

Please bear with the slowing of Leaky as more and more people visit the site. We obviously had a few bumps in the road to overcome when we first tried to put this live and there are sure to be a couple more that we haven’t yet found.

Aside from that enjoy and be sure to post your requests for new features in the group “I have ideas for MyLeaky!”

—Alex

Posted by Alex Robbin on January 30, 2009, 07:04 PM report to moderator
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Amazing! Thank you!

Posted by Emily [ROAR] on January 30, 2009, 07:11 PM report to moderator
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Wow. Amazing guys. Thanks so much for this you staffers. and to Alex Robbin for his super Cali-fragi-listic expi-alli doscious programing skills.

Posted by Crom on January 30, 2009, 07:15 PM report to moderator
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Wow, this is amazing. :)

Posted by Mapache on January 30, 2009, 07:23 PM report to moderator
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WOOOT! This is so amazingly awesome! Thanks to Alex and everyone else who put in all the time and effort doing this! AWESOME job! :)

Posted by kendra.dumbledore on January 30, 2009, 07:27 PM report to moderator
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