BuddyPress, the software from the makers of famous blog publishing software WordPress, is a set of plugins which adds Social Networking features to a WordPress MU installation.
So essentially, with BuddyPress installation you can create your own Social Networks with most of the features you are already aware about when it comes to Social Networks. As all BuddyPress plugins are independant, they can be used in two different ways. All of the plugins could be used to create a complete social network from scratch, or you could use specific plugins to add desirable features to your existing blog network.
Version 1.0 of BuddyPress boasts of very interesting features like Extended Profile, Friends, Groups, Activity Stream, Blog Tracking, Forums and “The Wire”, “The Wire”similar to the Scraps in Orkut or the Wall in Facebook. Features like Photo Albums and Status Updates are expected later this year.
In a blogpost, Andy Peatling who is a Social Engineer with Automattic writes
This is just the first step on a long road ahead. So much is possible now that we have a solid WordPress-based social framework to build upon.
The status updates and gallery components are next on the roadmap, you can expect to see versions of those components appearing later this year. We’ll also be going through the hundreds of enhancement tickets we’ve received, and with your help prioritizing them for future versions.
I’m most excited to see what plugin developers and theme designers can come up with. Even in the pre-release stages, plugins to extend and add functionality have already been popping up. If you’re a plugin developer or theme designer, be sure to check out the skeleton component and skeleton theme. These packages will provide you with a solid starting point to build BuddyPress components and custom themes from.
BuddyPress, started off a year back as a side project within the WordPress team, it was earlier called ChickSpeak. Currently BuddyPress v 1.0 requires a WordPress MU installation. Apparently, WordPress MU is not the most used wordpress installation and am hoping that BuddyPress will soon also be available for the traditional and largely used WordPress as well. So what are you waiting for? Go on and create your very own Social Network, and that too for FREE.
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