Socially Connected Address Books for life with Plaxo

Plaxo is an address book in the cloud, capable of pulling contacts from a variety of online services like Gmail, Aol, Windows Live, Yahoo, Microsoft Outlook and LinkedIn. Plaxo can also track news feeds from social network destinations like Twitter, Facebook, and other popular sites. That way, you are always in loop with your friends when you need to get in touch.

The sign up form is simple with standard fields. Plaxo does require you to specify your gender and they explain up front that it’s used only to address you appropriately. The account has to be activated from the mail sent to your primary email inbox. Continue reading

Great open source Social Network software for Building Your Own Social Network Websites

Building a social network isn’t an easy task, let alone a successful one. As developers our job is to create, build, and bring to life the gears and functions of a social network. When it comes to marketing, well that’s a different department in most cases. We build then later deploy, and in order to develop a highly efficient and functional social network we’ll need to use a few tools.

BuddyPress – WordPress Social Network Software


BuddyPress is the social network platform version of WordPress. As you can guess WordPress is one of the most popular CMS’s available due to its quality, same goes for BuddyPress, this is one of the most widely used platforms. It’s absolutely free, allows you to fully customize your social network, and offer your users a unique experience through the use of features such as friend connections, extended profiles, discussion forums, private messaging, and powerful plugins. Continue reading

Best Collection of Social Service and Bookmarking Icon Sets for Bloggers

There are many elements of blogging that are essential, the most important is the ability to share your posts and information with a wider audience, and we accomplish this via the many social bookmarking services (digg, delicious, twitter…) that are available. Finding a bookmarking iconset that fits into your theme can be difficult or maybe you don’t want the boring or the bland, but you want an iconset that has been designed by a high quality designer and has something distinctive and original. Below you will find such iconsets.

Social Post Stamps

Social Bookmarking Icons

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Open Source Social Networking Softwares To Create Your Own Community

There are lots of social networks from small to huge ones like Facebook or MySpace.

Although trying to create the next Facebook may not be a good idea, you may want to create a niche network or empower & add new features to the network you already have.

Here are 6 open source social networking applications which are developed continiously, well-documented & offer impressive functions.

Elgg

Elgg

Elgg is a mature social networking framework which offers:

  • advanced user management and administration
  • social networking
  • cross-site tagging
  • powerful access control lists
  • internationalisation support
  • multiple view support (eg cell phones, iPhone)
  • an advanced templating engine
  • a widget framework and more.

Its plugin based system enables adding new features easily from a plugins database or creating your own.

Elgg is built with PHP / MySQL & comes with a JSON API.

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