Jerry Leventer

BuddyPress – Social Networking Plugin for WordPress MU

March 17th, 2008 · 8 Comments · Social & Business Networking

What I’ve heard is that the owners of WordPress have been considering breaking into the Social Networking market. But there’s a catch. You have to use WordPress MU.

What’s that? It’s the lesser known, installable version of WordPress that allows multiple users to create their own blogs using one hosting server. That’s what is all about. For example, is located on the well known WordPress’s MU platform. The difference is that with WPMU anyone can setup that type of multi-user blogging community.

The idea that you have to put all your content on someone else’s site in order to network with your friends and associates does not appeal to a lot of people, including myself. I would rather one of us be the owner of that content. So this will be an alternative to sites like Ning, MySpace, LinkedIn, FaceBook.

That is why Matt Mullenweg has hired Andy Peatling, the guy who developed BuddyPress, and they are now working together to create a Social Networking plugin for WordPress MU.

TechVibes describes BuddyPress as,

[…] a series of plug-ins that allows you to turn a WordPress MU instillation into a fully functional social network.

And Matt Mullenweg says about social networking,

[…] we’ll be taking the BuddyPress project under our wing. We will grow it and support it the same way we support WordPress, MU, bbPress, Akismet, and more… It’s clear that the future is social. Connections are key. WordPress MU is a platform which has shown itself to be able to operate at Internet-scale and with BuddyPress we can make it friendlier.

TechCrunch had some interesting comments,

It is easy to dismiss this as completely unnecessary given the abundance of social networks already out there, as well as application development platforms like OpenSocial. But an open-source social network does present some intriguing possibilities.

You can find a concise description of WordPress MU here

TechCrunch listing of the Top Nine Social Networking Platforms

Jeremiah Owyang’s Ultimate List of White Label Social Networking Platforms

By the way –
says, Automattic, the company behind, is funded by True Ventures, which is also an investor in GigaOM.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charly // Apr 11, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Wow! I’m looking for a platform that I can let me kids and their friends network. I’m not that keen on the more commercial platforms, for privacy reasons.

    I’m definitely looking into this!

  • 2 Mark B. // Sep 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I think that there are niche groups where people will want to network, but not have to be a part of a Blogger or Facebook site. I’m a huge fan of WordPress and WPMU. I recently launched my own WPMU site for photographers (and the photography industry), and am learning a lot in the process.

  • 3 sanjeev bhadresa // Apr 3, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    We’ve recently put together an installation of MU and Buddypress and it works very nicely!

    Come and check it out!

  • 4 Bijeeta // Oct 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I did tried but I want to keep it separate from home page template and keep a link to buddypress. Kindly guide thank you

  • 5 erman kuzu // Jun 14, 2010 at 1:36 am

    You are writing a very nice article. Thank you
    .-= erman kuzu´s last blog ..Erman Kuzu – Dedi Dedi =-.

  • 6 play65 // Aug 28, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I’m not that keen on the more commercial platforms, for privacy reasons

  • 7 cardsharing // Aug 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I’m only looking for basic instructions on how to change some of these things. I noticed that there is a menu that looks a bit like MS Word. However, there are a few things that I cannot find. Do you know of a written instructional document that I can use to make some basic changes to WP?

  • 8 pimapen // Aug 30, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Well that was much simpler than I was expecting. Thanks!

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