BuddyStream Lite – Goliath Version, to be released on May 1st.
I am pleased to make an exciting announcement. The new BuddyStream plug-in has been completely re-coded from scratch and a new, more efficient, code engine has taken its place. @blackphantom has decided to begin naming each release of Buddystream after various species of butterflies, fittingly the first is entitled Goliath and is now set to fly free on May 1st, 2011.
There will now be two forks to choose with the BuddyStream version: The BuddyStream “LITE” version will include Twitter, Last.fm, Flickr, and Youtube functionality. In addition, the new Goliath, lite, version includes Twitter support for both Yfrog and TwitPic. This version will remain free.
In order to off-set the costs of supporting and developing such an extensive and useful plugin to the BuddyPress family, there will also not be a “PREMIUM” version. The premium version will launch approximately two weeks after the launch of the lite version. The premium version is set to launch with Facebook and at least one other extension, which will not be named until the launch of the Lite version.
The BuddyStream Website is being re-vamped as well and formal support will be offered there to members that have purchased the premium version. Gaining funding for this project will be a three tiered approach: Premium Plugin purchases (which will include support), the development of specific plugin needs or features, and through donations (as we all know, a losing battle for plugin developers). The hope is that there will be a baseline of money coming in to support the future development and interested in this plugin for the foreseeable future.
As a special thank-you to those that have already given a donation, we will be giving them a premium purchase subscription until January of 2012, which will entitle them to plugin support and all premium upgrades until their renewal date on 1/1/2012.
Many bugs have been fixed in this coming update and it’s faster, more stable, leaner, and just plain COOLER. It’s getting exciting!
You can keep up with announcements concerning the launch at http://buddystream.net
Here is a sneak peek of the new back-end:
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