Backing BuddyPress

Some of you may remember when I wrote about Chickspeak, a WordPress MU-based social network. Andy Peatling, the fellow behind it, later decided to recreate the work he had done as an Open Source effort he called BuddyPress. And it was good.

Today I’m happy to announce that Andy has joined Automattic full-time and 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. Someday, perhaps, the world will have a truly Free and Open Source alternative to the walled gardens and open-only-in-API platforms that currently dominate our social landscape.

See also: DiSo, GigaOM, Techcrunch, Mashable, Techvibes.

115 thoughts on “Backing BuddyPress

  1. Evan, we’re moving servers so took the downloads down temporarily, it’ll be back up once we get the new infrastructure going.

  2. That’s a real good news. I’d love to see BuddyPress finished as soon as possible. Andy has already done a great job and his releasing of the code was great. If he can now finish it that ‘s awsome.

  3. How would a website be able to be truly, completely open without an API? Even using microformats can only produce just so much information, when there’s even more (usually) required for sign-up to a service. …even then, you’d need a browser that supports micro-formats in some fashion… That sentence just made me think, and got me confused. 🙂

  4. Matt, u say:

    Someday, perhaps, the world will have a truly Free and Open Source alternative to the walled gardens and open-only-in-API platforms that currently dominate our social landscape.

    As an FYI, drupal, 100% open source( has been doing it for a few years already.


  5. PG, I’m very familiar with Drupal and what it’s capable of — it’s a very powerful tool. I think that the change we’re hoping to see in the landscape is different enough that it warrants a separate project though.

    BuddyPress is able to take advantage of the thousands of plugins and themes available for WordPress, as well as the scaling lessons we’ve learned in taking from nothing to one of the largest sites on the web.

  6. Great news guys! I think it could be good time to make WP MU a little more near to perfection, not only as social platform but a perfect tool for multiblogging.

    Great work with Wp 2.5, WordPress as CMS for websites, with Gravatar, BBpress, now a Social Platform… very exciting moments around WordPress… I’m glad to be a user/fan since WP 1.5 😉

  7. Great news! This is exciting about the turn to this application for SN. Looking forward to all that is OS and really soon on the horizon

  8. Hey this sounds like great news. Maybe this will convince a lot of people to stick it out with WordPress instead of moving to something like MT because of their social features.

  9. It had occured to me that with WPMU and a few useful modules you could make pretty decent site along the lines of wht Facebook might have been (before the vampires, werewolves, pirates and advertising). The only thing my site needs now is a Wall… and that’s just an empty post with comments…

    Good luck with it!

  10. Great news! I’ve been waiting for something like BuddyPress, so I’m glad to see that Automattic has picked up the developer and the project!

  11. It’s clear that the future is social.

    Can’t agree more!

    And WP is gonna be the best solution for the personal-show ( I don’t know how to describe it well in English, I just mean there isn’t any other better system that helps expressing yourself to the public )

  12. Excellent, I’ve been thinking about replacing an old LDU forum community for a while and have been tossing up between MU, Drupal, Ning or even phpBB3. This settles it – WordPress Mu, bbPress and BuddyPress is the go

  13. Congrats on this! I haven’t heard of BuddyPress until this post, but from this post I think it’s gonna turn out great. Though I’m not going to likely be running a social networking site…

  14. Ok, good luck then! i hope that at some point there will be more bridges between open source projects like wordpress and drupal.

  15. This is fantastic news! I’ve been waiting for quality social networking software. No one can pull it off better than the WP folks! Can’t wait!

    The question now is… how long?

  16. Hi Matt, my boyfriend follows your blog and he wrote a nice comment to you. He used to be a moveable type guy until I dragged him to one of the wordpress parties years back. He was so impressed with you, he switched and never looked back. Just wanted to share. His post is here:

  17. I can not wait for the completion of Buddy Press. I think it will totally change the future of WP. Many of the site I code for are looking for an integration of WP and a social network. I’m looking forward to the future release. 🙂

  18. Is there a roadmap for Buddypress?

    It would be nice to know what’s planned in the near future (I’m currently in the process of setting up a maybe-buddypress-like site, but have too little information for deciding which way to go…)

  19. I’ve had this idea for a loooong time now, and ran into a lot of issues with it, I’m glad to see someone actually found a solution to it and that buddypress will be available as open source. The website I wanted to create is and I have just started it.

    Please keep me posted on the future of buddypress…


  20. Hello Matt,

    Let us know if you have any release plan soon! I have been checking daily basis, but not able to see anything. At least the roadmap and timelines would be a great help to plan other activities.


  21. Yeah, I feel the same. I’ve got a great new project in mind and want to create it with BuddyPress. Please relase a roadmap, an alpha or beta release, that would be awesome.

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