This week, a bunch of us from the Emerge project were invited to contribute to the OSS Watch expert workshop on profiling communities. I was asked to present, and as part of my talk looked at the current state of Open Source social networking platforms and tools. I’m hoping to follow up with an evaluation matrix of the platforms, but in the meantime, I’m happy to pass on brief details of the sites and services I looked at. This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means – I’m happy to report that there is plenty of choice if you are looking to invest time, energy and resources in using open source tools. This list represents examples of what’s currently available & is not an endorsement of any particular product or company 🙂
Open Source Social Networking Platforms
All in one solutions for community hosting, providing user profiles, tools sets & supporting collaborative activity.
- AROUNDMe http://www.barnraiser.org/
Developed by Barnraiser a Swedish based registered not-for-profit organisation. AROUNDMe is suite of three social tools, designed to help users create their own OpenID-based services and tools for individuals and groups.
- Elgg http://elgg.org/
- Dolphin 6.1 http://www.boonex.com/products/dolphin/
- Insoshi http://portal.insoshi.com/
US-based Michael Hartl and Long Nguyen’s company, project and product Inoshi. The Insoshi open-source social networking platform grew out of RailsSpace.
- LovdbyLess http://lovdbyless.com/
Like Insoshi, Lovdbyess is built with ruby on rails, by US-based developer team Less Everything, to provide a free, open source basic social network platform that additional specific functionality can be added to.
- Mahara http://www.mahara.org/
E-portfolio social networking software developed for the education community, and including a résumé builder/digital CV. The Mahara project is based in New Zealand, with partner organisations in Japan and the UK.
Open Source Social News
Stand alone and built to work with existing content management platforms, these tools allow users to share content published online, and comment on there own or others contributions.
- Drupaligg http://drupaligg.com
- Newscloud http://www.newscloud.com
Newscloud is an OS Media Platform, designed to support communities around news and discussion. Information about downloading and developing can be found here.
- Pligg http://www.pligg.com/
An OS content management system providing an interactive website for users to submit, vote and discuss web-based content.
Open Source Social Bookmarking
- GetBoo http://www.getboo.com/
Open Source Video Sharing
- Plumi http://plumi.org
Showinabox http://showinabox.tv/ For creating WordPress video blogs
FilmForge http://filmforge.koumbit.net/ Video for Drupal
Open Source Microblogging
- Identi.ca http://identi.ca/ Open Source federated microblogging
Open Source Virtual Worlds
NMC Open Virtual Worlds Projecthttp://www.nmc.org/news/nmc/nmc-launches-open-virtual-worlds-project
Extension of Sun Microsystems’s open source Project Darkstar and Project Wonderland
- OpenSimulator http://opensimulator.org
A Virtual Worlds Server which can be used for creating and deploying 3D Virtual Environments. Compatible with the Second Life client.
- OpenSource Metaverse Project http://metaverse.sourceforge.net/
Open Source Lifestreaming
- Mugshot http://mugshot.org/main
& many more at: http://lifestreamblog.com/create/
Projects to watch/Upcoming
- Buddy Press http://buddypress.org/
Open Source project creating plug-ins to turn WordPress Multi-User into a social network platform.
Identi.ca http://identi.ca/ Open Source federated microblogging
- SocialLearn http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/socialearn/index.php
The Open University’s project is already picking up fans, and leaning towards OS. Fingers crossed.
- Wikia’s Social Profile extension for Mediawiki http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:SocialProfile
adding social elements including profile pages and friending to the popular wiki software