Elgg is a powerful and professional open source social networking script. It empowers individuals, groups and institutions to create their own fully-featured social network. Activity stream, profiles, blogs, notifications, groups, social bookmarks, pages, rss feeds etc are some of those prominent features hat makes Elgg a powerful social networking script. So, if you were looking for a social networking site clone, you must give it a try!
Elgg is a comprehensive activity stream which provides an at-a-glance look at activity from across the site, as well as your friends’ activity and your own actions. Elgg comes with a flexible user dashboard, which acts as a user’s personal portal to the site, displaying information – both from the site and external sources. It also offer a set of default profile fields which can be extended or completely changed by the site administrator.
What’s more? Elgg powered sites offer users to create groups and blogs. Users can embed media such as photos, audio snippets and files within blog posts, pages, comments, discussion topic and profile fields. Moreover, members can keep track of what their friends are doing through the preferred notification method.
Elgg’s wire feature brings microblogging to the core Elgg package. You can push wire posts out to Twitter so your users can localize usage while still taking advantage of their Twitter account – or you can deploy this to your intranet in order to allow your employees to keep up to date with their colleagues’ current status. So, it is like having your own personal Twitter service.
Elgg sites can take advantage of granular RSS, Open Social, OpenID (client and server), FOAF, an extensible RESTful API with results in JSON, serialised PHP or XML, alternate views on a site which allow for easily creating rich mobile applications and powerful event, plugin and widget APIs.
So, if you want to run your own social network, Elgg is a great choice to start. Note that it is free and open source!