WordPress Launches Social Network BuddyPress

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WordPress Launches Social Network BuddyPress

Automattic, the parent of WordPress has launched BuddyPress, a platform based on WordPress designed to allow users to create social networks or just add social networking features.

BuddyPress consists of a set of plugins on top of WordPress that add private messaging, profiles, friends, groups, activity streams and other social aspects. BuddyPress allows users to set up a social network on their own existing site without having to go somewhere else. The goal is for website owners to be able to create more engagement on their site.

“I don’t think BuddyPress will be something you use instead of your existing social networks, I mean all your friends are already on Myspace, but if you wanted to start something new maybe with more control, friendlier terms of service, or just something customized and tweaked to fit exactly into your existing site, then BuddyPress is a great framework to use,” writes Matt Mullenweg on the WordPress development blog.

When BuddyPress is first installed, a “Basic” group is created with a “First Name”, “Last Name” and a profile picture upload option.

The private messaging feature works like an internal site email. Users can message others on their friends list along with forwarding and replying to received messages.

Members of BuddyPress can connect in way that is similar to a Facebook friend’s request. Each user has a visible list of their friends on the site.

A group feature brings together members, blog posts, photos and other user generated content in one place. The feature can be customized by the group creator.

A wire feature allows other members to post comments about a specific piece of content, similar to commenting on someone’s Facebook wall.

In mid 2009 a status update feature will be introduced allowing users to post frequent status updates that can be seen by others.

In late 2009 BuddyPress will introduce a photo album feature allowing members to create and share their own photos.

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