Less is more Start a social network with open source LovdByLess

Posted by tom klein June 4, 2008

Some lessons are so good, they deserve repeating. And when it comes to open source tools, we are happy to sound like a broken record.

As you may recall in Moshi Moshi, we sang the praises of an open source social network called Insoshi. There’s actually a more seasoned contender. LovdbyLess is a free and fully customizable social networking platform, built using Ruby on Rails (an open source language and framework that is de rigeur in web development circles). Lovd developers have offered their code to anyone with an itch to socialize and the server space to host it. It comes with many of the same features and functionalities of its loved-by-more counterparts, Myspace and Facebook, such as:

  • blogs with comment capabilities
  • photo galleries with captions
  • profile bio and information
  • the ability to follow a user or “friend” them
  • site search for friends
  • user-to-user messaging
  • profile comments
  • user dashboard (recent activity feed)
  • emailed activity
  • flickr integration
  • youtube integration

If you’re looking to stand on the shoulders of giants, okay, just a lot of other developers, here’s a good place to start.

This isn't a plug and play kind of system, as it requires real web development ability. You can't fake it. You can try some of our favorite development jedi knights or give resources like Odesk (see It’s a small world) to use to find someone who might help.

When we get things for free, we often doubt their value. Lovd lets you demo the product before buying…or in this case, not buying. It gives you a somewhat rough idea of the functionality, though not a great view of the potential look for your site. A seasoned hand will probably have client examples to share.



2 Comments on “Start a social network with open source LovdByLess”

  1. Testing why the comments are disappearing Nadim posted on
  2. Lovd by Less is a perfect solution for all of those social networks looking to get off the ground. It is not quite to the level of WordPress, but it is getting better every day - and is scalable for those small networks who want to get bigger. Bob posted on

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