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Ruby On Social Rails


If you know what Ruby on Rails is, you might be interested into free open-source social network plugin for Ruby on Rails called CommunityEngine which recently was published generous Bruno Bornsztein, a Ruby on Rails developer.

CommunityEngine has rich features for a community site:

  • Authentication (sign up, log in)
  • Rich user profiles
  • Find User
  • Blogs using categories, tagging, Word-like text editing
  • Image uploading and image tagging
  • “Clippings” - visual bookmarks
  • Commenting
  • Forums
  • Friendships and activity feeds
  • Favoriting of clippings and blog posts
  • And more!

Also, you can check other open source plarforms, like

Ruby on Rails is a popular solution of Ruby fans, but, unfortunately, rare bird for hosting providers, which are basicaly all LAMPed.

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Open Source Social Networking


Since it seems everyone these days wants to roll your own social network, I would like to present some open source social networking software to you.

Insoshi - open source social networking platform. Activity feed, Personal profiles with photo upload and comment walls, Internal messaging system with read/replied/trashed messages, Contacts list, Blogs with comments, Discussion forum, Search for profiles, forums, blogs, Admin panel with site preferences, option for email verification and activity notifications.

PhpIzabi - open source social networking platform: Internal messages system, Forums, Chatrooms, Files sharing, Customizable profile, Personal Gallery, Personal Blog, User settings panel, Contacts list, Contacts categorization, Contacts management, Newsletter, Horoscope, Profile / pictures rating, Users comments, Events calendar, Personal events, multilanguage, mass mail, tell a friend, invite a friend, advanced search, contact us system, bookmark link,..

Elgg - the open source social networking platform, started in 2004. Was designed to allow people to easily connect and share resources. Built on LAMP, aimed primarily at education. Features: Blogging, Social networking, File repositories for individuals, Podcast support, Full access controls, Supports tagging, User profiles, Full RSS support, RSS aggregator, Create communities, Collaborative community blogs, Create ''friends'' networks, Import content, Multilingual, Branding/customisation.

Pligg - (Digg-like) visitors can submit resources for ranking. Also, trackback support, automatic title discovery, RSS import functionality.

Akarru - is a social bookmarking engine, is used to build social bookmarkings sites. Users posts links and promote links using voting system.

PhpDug - Digg-like social script.

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User Generated Content And SEO


User Generated Content, especially, high-quality User Generated Content (UGC) is what we all need for successful organic SEO. UGC brings us healthy traffic, low level 'long tail' keywords, free promo. For that we can hire freelance copywriter, buy ready-to-fly articles on any theme, put our boat on water of 'dofollow' fashion, do anything just to invite hungry users to generate that holly USG. Recent study shows 58% of the users, 18-25 years old, browse to create their own content.

Well, you made very appealing nice site and users come to leave you its raw user content 2 tons everyday. From SEO point of view you can't ask them to write search engine optimized text with bold keywords, but you can rule them into right direction with a smart category listing. So, Topically Focused Content is our next hero.

Some say UGC will destroy SEO. I don't think so, because the connective filament from you to UGC is still Search Engine querie.

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Viva La Open Source Music!


Music is over. Viva la Open Source Music!

Thats cool to watch the musical open source revolution. I have nothing to tell. Please, read impressive interviews about future of music business by Trent Reznor and David Byrne. Absolutely nice reading.

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