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.
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this is awesome news matt, very exciting. social is where it’s at and your rapid expansion is schweet!
Congrats to Andy and Automattic! Looking forward to seeing what comes of this 🙂
Any info at all on any sort of release for BuddyPress?
Evan, we’re moving servers so took the downloads down temporarily, it’ll be back up once we get the new infrastructure going.
Heck yes. I hope you’ll have something to show us at Wordcamp Dallas!!!
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.
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. 🙂
Thanks for the info, Matt. It looks like a serious competitor to Drupal!
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(drupal.org) has been doing it for a few years already.
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 WordPress.com from nothing to one of the largest sites on the web.
This is great news for many people who use WordPress-based sites. Nice to hear that this kind of things are under work by Automattic.
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 😉
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
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.
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!
This is great news. Exactly what my WPMU needs!
Woohoo! Been wishing something like that existed since the early days of MU. You guys rock!
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!
Wow, that is really cool. Congrats all around. I can’t wait to see what comes out of this union.
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 )
Congrats in the talent acquisition. Also, I share your views about Open Source.
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
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…
Hi Matt, I have posted a litte post over on my site, that I hope is worth reading. http://crenk.com/2008/03/05/wordpress-is-moving-into-the-social-networking-market/
I am very excited by this. I hope that in the long run the world of blogging and social networking can merge so that blogs can essentially be their own social networks. This is certainly a step along the road to the idea of “Domain As Identity” that I wrote about last week: http://www.scottoraw.co.uk/journal/?p=54
Best of luck with this Matt.
Sounds good! More WordPress community action is always a good thing.
Ok, good luck then! i hope that at some point there will be more bridges between open source projects like wordpress and drupal.
Crank it out, guys… we will look at it / try it.
oh my…this is really cool news.
Thanks much. I look forward to what you guys do with WP MU. pretty sweet!
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?
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: http://fuzzyraygun.com/?p=598
Alanna, tell him thanks! I appreciate it.
I love to hear this and looking forward to BuddyPress. Wow, what a great news!
If you trawl the interweb looking for WordPress installations, maybe you know about this already, but just in case: my wife recently got into scrapbooking and stamping, and one of the big guns in the stamping world is SplitCoast Stampers. Turns out they are using WordPress MU for their blogs, here’s an example.
Can’t wait for this!
Matt, this is great news! I love the way you manage Automattic.
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. 🙂
Hi Matt! Any updates about Buddypress?
We need Buddy Press info! 🙂
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…)
Yes, I agree, information or a roadmap for BuddyPress would be very welcome indeed.
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 http://www.blogginforbrides.com and I have just started it.
Please keep me posted on the future of buddypress…
Let us know if you have any release plan soon! I have been checking buddypress.org daily basis, but not able to see anything. At least the roadmap and timelines would be a great help to plan other activities.
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.