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WordPress Making Its Social Networking Move?

A few months ago, Anne Zelenka wrote about how WordPress could serve as the underpinning of a social network, an idea first postulated by Chris Messina. Of course when Automattic, the startup behind WordPress.com’s hosted service, raised a whopping $29.5 million in VC funding recently, I speculated that they might be adding social networking features to there service.

Now it is almost certain — Automattic just hired Andy Peatling, the guy who created BuddyPress, a WordPress-based social network. On his blog, Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic and creator of WordPress, writes:

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.

Disclosure: GigaOM and Automattic have a common investor, True Ventures.

35 Responses to “WordPress Making Its Social Networking Move?”

  1. Not so long ago DiSO got all good press. It will be interesting to observe the developing dynamics between the insiders. To wit, read the comment posted by David Recordon in Techcrunch. But it is important to note that there are others are also putting forward solutions with the same objectives even though the powers be may not see it fit to notice.

  2. I think that is a smart move social network is becoming really popular. I find myself staying on twitter for hours just chatting away. I almost bought a software program where I could start my own social site.

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  3. It’s kinda about time. With the popularity of MU, and the intense usability of it (not to mention stability, etc), this seems like the natural next move. Can’t say I didn’t see it coming. Took a little longer than I expected, but that’s okay. Worth the wait.

  4. This will be great. I run wordpress on my site, and I love it. I only have a rudimentary grasp of XML, PHP, and XHTML… but you don’t really need one when people are pumping out these free themes. Plus, the functionality of wordpress is unparalleled in regards to what the installation can be modified to support. If a wordpress-backed social network takes off and gains any of the momentum that the larger social networking sites gets, maybe there will be some sort of merging between the elitist bloggers and the casual personal-type bloggers. Because there is genius in both types of blogs.

  5. Not so long ago DiSO got all good press. It will be interesting to observe the developing dynamics between the insiders. To wit, read the comment posted by David Recordon in Techcrunch. But it is important to note that there are others are also putting forward solutions with the same objectives even though the powers be may not see it fit to notice.