Now there’s BuddyPress, a suite of WordPress plugins that transform the same blog network into a full-fledge social network. BuddyPress is currently only compatible with the Wordpress MU platform, which is designed for the management of multiple users/blogs on a single WordPress account (The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, and our very own Atlanta Journal Constitution are among the faithful). With BuddyPress, the actual WordPress backend is converted into a social networking hub, including:
- Extended profiles
- Private messaging
- Wire Posts
- Activity streams
- Blog tracking
You can install the complete package or pick and choose your functionality a-la-carte style. Either way, the idea here is to let the members of you blog network interact without having to go outside the network or adopt other platforms.
If you’re already on the WordPress MU or thinking of creating a blog network within your company, take advantage of the BuddyPress social functionality. Both are free and come with built-in community support.