With the newest releases of my BuddyPress Links component (versions 0.2 and 0.2.1) for BuddyPress a new feature has been implemented which I think will put BuddyPress on the map as one of the best choices available for developing a media aggregation site.
The new feature, which I call auto embedding, allows site admins and members alike to mash up content from external sites at blazing speed. It is possible, not in theory, but really possible, to mash up 50, 60, maybe even 100 external resources in under an hour. This can be done with a minimal amount of copy-and-pasting, and with no need to open up Photoshop.
As of version 0.2 there are several sites, or “services,” which are supported. They are YouTube, Metacafe and Flickr (photos and videos). All of these services are extensions of an API which can be further extended to support an unlimited number of additional services.
As of version 0.2.1 there is a special internal service that I developed which allows you to embed ANY web page as a rich media service, complete with Facebook style “thumb picker”, so long as there are useful images that can be located on the page. In addition, the title and description are now automagically filled in for you based on meta data from the link.
I put together a screencast to show off these new features. You can watch it on YouTube at the following link. I highly recommend watching the HD version in full screen for the best experience.
(I apologize for the lack of sound. I do not have a working mic at the moment.)
The next big step in the development of this plugin is BuddyPress 1.2 support, which I plan to begin working on as soon as it is released later this month. There will be complete support for the new 1.2 default theme, and assuming there are not serious backwards compatibility issues, the default theme from the 1.1 branch of BuddyPress will continue to be supported for as long as is reasonable.
Once 1.2 support is completed, I am going to begin work on a “Pro” version of BuddyPress Links which will include many power user features that may not be useful to the hobbyist, but must haves for everyone else. Some of the features I have in mind are:
- Remote “Digg” style social bookmarking widgets for driving traffic to your site
- Support for many more rich media services like Vimeo and Ustream.tv
- Integrated adsense support
- More directory layout options
- Inline video player and image viewer (lightbox)
In addition, I plan to work on more features available in both the free and pro versions in hopes of increasing the adoption of the plugin. The number one requested features are group and activity stream integration, and I am seriously committed to making this happen in BuddyPress 1.2.
Thanks to everyone who has supported my efforts up to this point!
Enjoy the latest version of the plugin by downloading 0.2.1 here:
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