Well, I have a really long weekend as I worked through the weekend (as usual) but I still have plenty of interviews from Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco to blurt out.
Pringo is a new social networking platform that is compatible with many CMS including WordPress. From what I can see, you can take your blog to another level by adding Pringo to your blog.
If you are running a blog on WordPress, you will know that WordPress lacks community features for social networking. Of course, you can always install WordPress MU, which does exactly that but for those of us who don’t need a full-fledged blogging platform, Pringo might be the perfect way to engage your readers and bring a live community to your blog.
Pringo has been used on various famous platforms like eHarmony and Yokohama so I see a great value here.
Of course, I’d like to actually see a demo version you can download easily without filling out any forms but I am sure they will work on that for the future.
I have tried social networking with wordpress. There are many plugins that you can use to make a great site using wpmu but it is difficult if you aren’t a php programmer or really good with css. Buddy press is the best turn key solution but without good knowledge of theme modification with css and perhaps some plugin mod knowledge with some php it won’t be the new facebook. Buddypress is becoming better and it is a solid foundation for peopl with some skills.
I reccomend looking at paid scripts for social networking and you can likely find a more turn key solution.
I am running Beaver.com ( http://www.beaver.com ) off of a paid script and I will be developing custom features for it soon too.
http://beaver.com is much easier to develop from a true social betworking script than wordpress. I do love wordpress and it’s my favorite script oin the net. Onc you master wpmu there is limitless possibilities.
However, there is so many options that it’s sometimes easirte to find a social networking script that is built specifically for social networking.
I don’t want to say what script we use at this time
I have used buddypress but it’s a quite rather large package if you don’t need to start a blog network.