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  • 1. Past Present Future How to help
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    • Introduce what BuddyPress is…
    • Provide a brief history of where it started…
    • Touch on where it is today…
    • Travel through time…
    • Talk about how you can influence its future…
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    • Provides a “social layer” to a WordPress(MU) installation
    • One plugin that includes several separate but equally functional components
    • Turns your website “inside out”
    • Shifts the focus away from soapbox content and towards community driven user activity
    • If you ask me “can BuddyPress do $task” I will reply “Yes”
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    • Started out as a super simple user profile plugin for WPMU
  • 9.
    • Originally relied on the WP admin area for most functionality
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    • Originally relied on the WP admin area for most functionality
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    • Before launch, dashboard dependency was reduced and control given almost entirely to the theme (blog concept pictured)
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    • Original concept vs. Almost final concept
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    • Started as a simple plugin built out of client need
    • Became an official Automattic project in March, 2008
    • First public beta December 15, 2008
    • Turned 1.0 on April 30, 2009 (wooo hoooO!)
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    • BuddyPress helps developers learn and use BuddyPress
    • Current stable version is 1.1.3
    • Consists of 8 separate components to carry out specific social networking type tasks: (Friends, Groups, Messaging, Wire, Activity, Forums, Status, Profiles)
    • Comes with example theme to jump-start development
    • A growing codex of resources (that still needs some TLC)
    • Doubled the size of the core development team from 1 to 2! :D
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    • Merge the activity streams, status updates, and wire together into one mega awesome stream/status/wire widget…
  • 19.
    • Include a new and more intuitive default theme. ( Sneak preview below… Expect more organization… )
  • 20.
    • More profile field attributes via metadata…
      • Example:
        • Text box auto links to twitter account
        • Limit text box length
        • Developers: Set actions and filters on each field
    • Filter members by profile field
    • Site and user privacy and permission controls
    • Inappropriate content flagging
    • Quick blog post form via user profile/theme
  • 21.
    • Support for attachments and user photo galleries
    • Bulk accept/reject friendship requests and group invites
    • Gravatar upload directly from BuddyPress profile
    • Repurpose the group ability to focus more on developers, mentoring, and advancing the platform
    • Improve the BuddyPress codex
    • Try to take over the world…
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    • If you already know a lot about BuddyPress, sign up and help someone else out. If you want to know more, sign up and we’ll help you learn.
    • Developers… Have some spare time? Login to the codex and start updating pages.
    • Found a bug? Let us know here! You can even fix the bug yourself, gain some props on a changeset, and contribute to the advancement of the whole platform!