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Appleton teen launches answer to Facebook
2:00pm Friday 22nd March 2013 in News
AN APPLETON teenager is bidding to become the next Mark Zuckerberg after launching his own social networking website.
Friend Pad has been created by Sean Gilchrist, aged 16, of High Warren Close, Appleton.
He designed and programmed the website after spotting ‘holes’ in Facebook.
“I thought I’d develop a new way to get in touch with my friends and family.
“Facebook could have features like profile videos, dislike buttons, a better use of Youtube.
“My mum says I’ve always been quite talented at IT and I thought creating a website is more relaxed than getting a Saturday job.
Sean began doing web design in September, creating an online shop for a friend.
Friend Pad was started in February, sketches and doodles turning into two weeks of programming and design.
Nine days after its launch Sean says he got a £9,000 offer to buy Friend Pad.
He says he has since received a £17,000 offer, but does not want to sell.
“I didn’t mean for it to be successful, it was just for my friends.
“Then I got this big offer which was really shocking.
“I thought if it’s worth £9,000 after nine days what might it be worth in a year.
“I don’t know where I’m going to take it, I just want it to be unique.”