BuddyPress is a open source platform that adds social network like abilities to the acclaimed CMS WordPress. In a sense, it likes the IBM Connections. However, BuddyPress is completely free and open source. Unlike hosted services, it allows you to stay in control of your site, more individual and in a more socialised way.
Buddy Dev is a community of enhancing the buddypress/wordpress user experience. It provides many BuddyPress and WordPress discussion and resources.
MPMU.org provides reviews, apps information and resources of using BuddyPress and WorkPress.
“Beyond Friending: BuddyPress and the Social, Networked, Open-Source Classroom” is an essay written by Matthew K. Gold and is published on the “Learning Through Digital Media Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy” website, which is the product of a collaboration that started in the fall of 2010 when a total of eighty New School faculty, librarians, students, and staff came together to think about teaching and learning with digital media.
“The Beginner’s Guide to BuddyPress (Open Source Social Networking)” can be viwed on the 1WD website, which is contributed by a group of bloggers, freelancers, web-developers and designers. It shares tutorials, inspiration, articles, roundups, case studies, interviews and products using experience.
“BuddyPress, Facebook, Social Bookmarking, VoIP on the iPhone 3G, Disqus” on the YouTube gives an idea of some social networking platporms.