The Social Media Sharks

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WordPress’ Full Court Press with BuddyPress, Pt. 1

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WordPress.com is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world today according to their website. More recently, WordPress has embarked on a new endeavor: BuddyPress. BuddyPress began in 2008 and, again, according to the BuddyPress website was first released in May 2009. Both of these sites rely on the strength of the community and open source material for further development and production of content.

BuddyPress prides itself on many things, but two of the most notable in SMS opinion are its ease of use and Buddy Press’ goal of bringing people together which often results in a quality product. One focus of BuddyPress in our (SMS) opinion is simplicity. What’s more is it is not a simplicity that lacks diversity and specialization.

This may seem like quite the contradiction—we agree—but BuddyPress offers both simplicity and specialization. BuddyPress is a social network that displays activity, follows, groups, and personal information (optional of course!) with a picture and blurb at the top of the page. These are the basics. From here you can add wigits, plugins, doodads and other features similar to WordPress. Like their homepage states, it’s not an “all or nothing” matter.

Part of the creator’s, Matt Mullenweg, vision can be seen here. According to Mashable, article seen here, BuddyPress intends to compete with Tumblr.

The BuddyPress About Page writes four possible fantastic uses [and the Social Media Sharks agree]:

• A campus wide social network for your university, school or college.
• An internal communication tool for your company.
• A niche social network for your interest topic.
• A focused social network for your new product.

The Social Media Sharks “like” [Facebook Pun] BuddyPress and you should too. The more quality Internet social networks that exist like BuddyPress the better. Keep an eye out for Part II coming to your computer soon!

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Written by socialmediashark

May 1, 2010 at 11:46 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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