I've been working for about 3 months on this site that is similar to a social networking site, but different in a few ways. After seeing google+ today, I am beginning to wonder to myself whether or not it is even worth me, an individual student, trying to create an advanced site in php and mysql when there are so many other large corporations like Facebook, eBay, Google, etc constantly developing new things. Lets say my site becomes popular around my school for a little bit -- I dont even think that would happen -- but let's just pretend... wouldn't one of these large companies be able to take my idea and just adapt it to their platforms in such little time that my site would just be obsolete in a matter of days? Do people still try making interactive sites like twitter and facebook anymore, or is that decade pretty much gone? The site does not have to do with the one in my signature... thats a really old one that I haven't touched for a while.