Faustos Fernós asked on Facebook: Lets talk about social media and Buddypress- will self-installed social networks ever become a threat to Facebook, or just another place to network?
Probably with all the Facebook suing companies over trademark, you have to wonder if they would ever go even more senile and try suing other social networks. Heaven forbid that happen, but I do not see a problem with this happening.
There are millions of users online and millions of sites- and you know, everyone still has plenty of places to go. Facebook is a nice stomping ground, even if we might grumble at some of their cockeyed plans sometimes. With the ability to use WordPress and install the BuddyPress plugin to turn it into a social network, this allows you to create your own little social circle, devoid of Facebook drama.
You can make your own little niche for anything from WordPress fans, to a class reunion site for a high school, or even perhaps for an organization that it is not always easy to get all the members to the weekly in person meetings.
Facebook has been around for a while and will be for some time, so no- social network platforms or BuddyPress will never threaten that lifestyle. Just to show a somewhat similar case- It works out like Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation. There are hundreds of Media Wiki websites out there with the same platform, but are niche based in topics, but they have not brought Wikipedia down. It merely has brought more users to enjoy their special corner.
Thank you for asking Faustos!
What are your thoughts on this?