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Elgg or BuddyPress for On-site Social?

Posted on 9.10.2009

Spend thirty seconds in the halls of Ad:Tech Chicago yesterday and you’d be filled to the brim with both the hype and the hope of all things social media. While participating in other’s social media networks has its clear and well defined benefits, what about bringing the “conversation” to your own site, hosting community members and exposing them (subtlety of course) ultimately to our message and securing more actions (and interactions) with our brands.

Before going on with the free social networking scripts, let us determine first the social network requirements. We usually need a blogging component, some profile page a la MySpace, and a forum of sort for community discussion. We should look for these capabilities in a social networking script.

An old hand, and therefore proven and tested to be stable, at social networks is the free script elgg. It started out as university project to get the professors and students connected. It is now one of the most popular social network script.

A recent newcomer is BuddyPress, based on the popular multi-blogging platform Wordpress-MU. Coming from the creators of WordPress, BuddyPress will soon be up there with the rest of the free scripts in popularity.

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