Recently Derick and I had the pleasure of attending the Dallas/Fort Worth WordPress Meetup and the topic of this meetup was BuddyPress. Before looking at BuddyPress I want to give the contact information for the DFW WordPress Meetup:
Dallas WordPress Meetup
“Open to anyone interested in learning how to build a website, start a blog, and build traffic to their website. We also discuss the technical aspects of WordPress, and social networking topics such as Twitter”
Website: Dallas Fort Worth WordPress Meetup
Going into this Meetup I had heard about BuddyPress, but had never taken the time to play around and get acquainted with this WordPress Add On. The reason I call it an Add On is that it is hard for me to call BP a plugin because of how powerful it is.
Michael J. Pratt was the presenter for the DFW WordPress Meetup on BuddyPress. He runs a BuddyPress-driven site for West Point Alumni, contributes to the BP core, and you can follow Mike on Twitter @mikepratt. Mike’s presentation covered the different ways that you can use BuddyPress to create your own social network. This was great because Jerod an I are always looking for ways to grow our Sports Blogs, and this was clearly the next step that we needed to take.
During the presentation the topic arose of large vague social networks like Facebook and how they have a major flaw. You can’t talk about all of the things that you want because your family, friends, and co-workers see all of your updates. However if you create a social network that is focused on one subject you can create better interaction between users.