Firebase Social Media App

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by Jacobv_, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. Jacobv_ macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2017
    Hi guys, so far in my app using swift and Xcode, I've created
    Log in, Sign Up and reset password screens
    Taking a picture and uploading it to firebase
    and putting all users onto a database onto firebase

    Now people can send an image to every registered user,
    how would I go round making a friends view, that you can send requests to users and see all your friends, not all users like previously. I am using email and password authorization of firebase.

    Thanks in Advance!
  2. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    Your going to need to do a few things.
    1. All users can see only other users names until authorized to view their content.
    2. Upon request, a user can grant another user access to their content.
    3. A user can revoke that authority after being granted.
    4. When users sign in, a query should be run to compile all other users content for viewing.
    5. You're going to have to set up push notifications as well, so when I upload an image my allowed users get notified, especially if I'm tagged.

    I'd set up an array that stored others IDs that have been authorized for viewing then build timelines based on that array.

    What ever you do needs to be bullet proof with regards to privacy and you are also going to have to have policies on privacy, harassment, and ways to deal with suspending and blocking users, but also be aware that you can't block free speech which varies by country ...

    If you have adult content or the potential for adult content you are also going to have to have some algorithms which search images for same, then a way to protect minors from accidentally coming in contact with these images.

    It may be that firebase is taking care of some of this, but be warned that if you are creating the app, you will be responsible in court for any violations of privacy. Could get sticky.
  3. Jacobv_ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2017
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    Thank you for the quick reply, this is going to be a very intensive job, are there any devices online that can do this?
  4. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    Yes, in a sense you are building or should I say rebuilding SnapChat, Instagram or Facebook which have teams of developers and lawyers to take care of it all. I'm not trying to squash your inspiration and drive, but you are undertaking a massive project. You have to ask yourself, are you trying to replicate what is already out there, or are you trying to build a new paradigm of interaction.

    I briefly looked at the Firebase documentation, and much of what you may need is in the API, if you are going to go that route you may just need to intensely study the API documentation before you get too far.

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