Social Networking sites are just invading our life. Everyone is just getting in to Social sites like Facebook or Twitter. More than 300 million people use Facebook. Soon it will be doubled or tripled. So, what really happens to your personal data? Numerous blogs have enlightened us on what Facebook possibly could do with our data. Facebook, Twitter do give public data to famous search engines, they can give it to advertizing companies and so on. Facebook changes privacy settings often, it tends to forget your privacy settings driving you crazy. You see totally an unknown person’s photos on your friends update, when you like fan pages on Facebook, it automatically becomes public. There are so many such loop holes. What if you didn’t want your data to be on their server at all? or you wanted an open source version of Social Networking software? Popular social sites like Facebook are not open…they are closed and you do not have any control over it. If you want to setup your such Social Networking sites for your college or family or Company, there are some options. Some of them are listed below.
The privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network. It is not yet complete but actively being developed by 4 young designers from NYU Courant Institute with a mission to emerge as an alternative to closed Social Networking sites like Facebook where the privacy is not honored. Private data gets public easily on closed social networks. Diaspora* is a personal web server that stores all of your information and shares it with your friends. Diaspora knows how to securely share your pictures, videos, and more. When you have a Diaspora seed of your own, you own your social graph, you have access to your information however you want, whenever you want, and you have full control of your online identity. Once we have built a solid foundation, we will make Diaspora easy to extend to facilitate any type of communication, and the possibilities will be endless. Read more.
Social networking in a box. Build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community all based on the power and flexibility of WordPress. BuddyPress is completely free and open source. Unlike hosted services, BuddyPress allows you to stay in control of your site and create a totally customized, unique experience. It can be used to build a campus wide social network for your university, school or college, an internal communication tool for your company, a niche social network for your interest topic, or a focused social network for your new product etc. Read more.
Open-source, independent, downloadable, scalable, customizable, full-featured, free software for building social networks, dating sites and web-communities. Loaded with video chat, recorder, video player, forums, groups, events, video messenger, mailbox, desktop app, video sharing, photo sharing, iPhone app and much more. Build your own business or advance your hobby with Dolphin! Read more.
Ellg is a powerful open source social networking platform. It provides everything to create a robust social networking site like Profiles, News feed, Activity feed, Groups, Web APIs, Blogging/Micro Blogging etc. Read more.
Pligg is an open source CMS (Content Management System) that you can download and use for free. Pligg CMS provides social networking software that encourages visitors to register on your website so that they can submit content and connect with other users. Pligg has support for Groups, Private Messaging, Commenting, Profiles, Templates, customizations etc. Read more.
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