October 2, 2011
I have been working on a free software solution to social networking. Many projects are focused on starting from scratch, such as; Freedom Box, StatusNet, Diaspora, and Libre.fm. My approach is different because I am planning on building upon what is currently already at the heart of social media, WordPress, and just fixing one problem — those pesky share buttons everywhere. I have just completed PHASE 1 of the project, and would like to make this the first public release, which does not include all the required features.
In the same way that people will post links of WordPress posts to Social Media websites, the goal of this is to automatically cross-post to a community of websites for promotional purposes and is a distributed method for online marketing campaigns. This will not require a visitor to leave to visit the post, since it is copied verbatim, and does not require users to be either a member of a network or not a member. This will serve as two-way posting making it possible for a dialog between separate websites and community organization. I am terming it “networked media” to be distinguished from “social media”.
Websites are built in the millions for publishing articles, videos, music and linking these to Social Media websites for promotion. My goal is to build new networked media websites that bring together a community of individuals based upon topics of interest; opening the opportunity for verticals and topic based networked media websites as opposed to Social Media differentiated by differences of software.
That is the goal. This is the future of online marketing. Now, here is what I have made. I have started with a method to define new URLS and templates, and am currently working on the aggregation portion. Here are the links to the resources for the plugin:
WordPress Plugin Directory:
Project Management ( Documentation / Tickets / Git ):
Here are the phases of the project I have been planning:
* Editing URLS
* Managing Menus
* Editing Templates
* Feed reader for synchronization
* NoScript accessibility
3. Admin Interface:
* Unified front-end/back-end interface
4. Complete WordPress Distribution:
* Packaging the plugin as a part of WordPress
* OpenID for network to network authentication and privacy
5. AWE Plugins:
* Write extensions to the core of AWE to add new post types
including: video, sound, gallery, events and shop.
6. Web Service:
* Dedicated web host for users that don’t want to run it on their
* Sign-up and payment settings.
For those that I have previously contacted about URL routing, this is the plugin I was mentioning. I am now looking to work in collaboration because this project can not succeed without the support of a few people working in synchronization. So let’s get going!
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