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Features Request – PROFILES AND Network Structure

  • Cristiano


    User Profiles

    • Multi-part profiles

    The user profile page is perhaps the most important part of your social network. Along with the user’s profile data, all of the user’s photos, blog entries, comments, groups, friends, statistics, and other items can be displayed here. This page is often used as a point of contact between users, so various options are available to viewers (such as “Send Message”, “Add Friend”, “Block User”, and so forth). As the admin, you decide what goes on your users’ profiles.

    • Customizable profile fields

    The information that your users will provide about themselves will define your social network. Thusly, you should create profile fields that make users provide information that is relavant to your social network’s unique theme. For example, if you are building a social network for businesspeople, you might create fields like “Current Employer”, “Position”, “References”, etc. Similarly, if you are creating a dating network, you might create fields like “Height”, “Weight”, “Eye Color”, and so forth. Profile fields can be one of several types: Text fields, pull-down boxes, multi-line text areas, radio buttons, dates, etc.

    • Dependent profile fields

    If you create a pull-down box or radio button profile field, you can give it one or more dependent profile fields. For example, if your pull-down box profile field is named “Marital Status”, it might have possible values such as “Single” and “Married”. By creating a dependent field named “To” for the “Married” value, users that select “Married” can specify who they are married to.

    • Regex field validation

    Each profile field that you create can be given its own regular expression. If the data provided by the user does not match this expression, you can choose to display an error message of your choice. This ensures that users are inputting their profile data in the exact format you want.

    • Keyword links

    If enabled, some profile fields will be “linked, separated by commas.” This means that whatever data the user provides in these fields will be separated by commas and linked to browse pages. For example, if you create a field called “My Favorite Music” and a user enters “classical, jazz, soul”, each of those words will be linked on the user’s profile page. Then, when a viewer clicks “jazz”, they are taken to a page that lists all other users that have listed “jazz” in their “My Favorite Music” field.

    • Birthday fields

    Date fields on your users’ profiles can be set to “birthday mode”, which allows you to calculate the user’s age. With some minor modifications, you could use this to notify users of upcoming birthdays.

    • Personal photos (avatars)

    If allowed, users can easily upload a photo of themselves, which is automatically sized down and used as their personal photo (also known as an avatar). This is displayed on their profile, in search results, when they send a message, and on many other areas of your social network.

    • Profile privacy

    If allowed, users can select from several privacy levels when managing their profile. This limits who can view and write comments on their profile. You, the admin, can decide what privacy options are available to your users.

    • Comments

    If allowed, users can post comments on each other’s profiles. This is an excellent way to encourage user interaction. If an inappropriate or unwanted content is posted, the receiving user can delete it from his or her profile. Users also have the ability to choose who can post comments on their profile (if allowed by you, the admin).

    • Custom CSS styles

    If allowed, users can insert their own custom CSS styles to give their profiles a more personalized appearance.

    Network Structure & Customizability

    • Subnetworks

    Your social network has the ability to organize users into “subnetworks” based on profile information they have in common with each other. You can use this to limit access and privacy between subnetworks, display subnetwork-specific content in your templates, or to simply organize your users. For example, you might want your social network to be comprised of two subnetworks: “Males” and “Females”. Or, perhaps you might want to split these up into “Males In California”, “Males Outside California”, “Females In California”, “Females Outside California”. This is particularly useful because you can show different content (or advertisements) to users based on what subnetwork they are in. This allows you to serve them information or ads that are specifically relevant to their interests or personal characteristics.

    • Several friendship structures

    You can select from four distinct friendship structures: 1) Nobody can invite anyone to become friends, 2) Anybody can invite anyone to become friends, 3) Only people within the same subnetwork can become friends, and 4) Users can only invite their friends’ friends (second-level friends) to become their friends. With some minor customization, other structures can be implemented quite easily.

    • One-way or two-way friendships

    As the admin, you can decide if users have one-way or two-way friendships. Example: User A adds User B to his friend list. With a one-way friendship framework, User B is User A’s friend, but User A is not User B’s friend. With a two-way friendship framework, User B is User A’s friend and User A is User B’s friend.

    • Verified or unverified friendships

    As the admin, you can choose whether or not users will have to confirm friendship requests. Example: User A requests to become friends with User B. With a verified friendships framework, the two users will not become friends until User B confirms the friendship. With an unverified friendship framework, the two users will become friends immediately.

    • Friendship types (titles)

    As the admin, you can create a list of friendship types for users to pick when describing their relationships with their friends. Example: Your friendship type list may be something like “Co-worker”, “Significant Other”, “Acquaintance”, “Close Friend”, “Family”, and so forth. Users can pick from these when they add new friends or edit the details of their relationships with their friends. If you wish, you can also allow users to enter in their own friendship type instead of picking from your list.

    • Friendship explanations

    As the admin, you can allow users to type in a detailed explaination of their relationships with each of their friends.

    • Public/private sections

    As the admin, you can easily make portions of the social network available to the public or registered users only.

    • Custom privacy levels

    As the admin, you can decide what privacy levels your users can choose from when they decide who can view (or post comments on) their profiles, blogs, groups, albums, and so forth.

    • Signup by admin invitation

    As the admin, you can choose to allow users to signup only if you have invited them. This is an effective way to build a small, exclusive social network.

    • Signup by user invitation

    As the admin, you can choose to allow users to signup only if they have been invited by an existing user or an admin. You can even give each user a limited number of invitations to send out. By limiting signups in this way, invitations can become “valuable,” which is a known method of achieving viral growth.

    • Customizable signup process

    As the admin, you can decide what will take place during the new user signup process. You decide what fields they must fill out (and which are required), whether they are asked to upload a photo, whether they are prompted to invite other people, and so forth.

    • Email messages

    Your social network sends emails to your users when they do different things, like signup, receive friend requests, request their lost password, etc. These email messages are all customizable – you can easily replace the default messages with your own.

    Frontend, Look & Feel

    • Global CSS styles

    A single CSS stylesheet is used to set the colors, fonts, and other styles of your entire social network. This makes global changes to the look and feel of your social network easy!

    • Multi-language support

    All of the text on your social network is stored in a single language file, which makes translation simple.

    • Search engine friendly URLs

    As the admin, you can switch between standard (dynamic) or search engine friendly (static) URLs. This applies to the URLs of your users’ profile pages, albums, blogs, groups, etc.

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  • David Bisset


    Ok, so basically you just copied the description from Social Network PHP Script. Might have been easier and simpler to say that from the beginning.

    Good suggestions overall. Not to sound like a “bummer” person, but i’m sure it will take a while to put something together like this for BuddyPress. Andy is also already working on a photos module which won’t be visible for at least a few months.

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