bbPress 2.0 and BuddyPress 1.5 are now available!
Just in time for Spring or Autumn, bbPress 2.0, the long awaited forum plugin for WordPress, has been released.
bbPress is Automattic’s solution to build a community around forums, but if you want to build your community around a social network, the new BuddyPress 1.5 was also released.
I once asked openly on Twitter what was the main difference between a social network and forums, and maybe the best answer was the one provided by Ismael Briasco, founder of PsicoFXP, a large community in Argentina built around forums, and it was that users gathered in forums do so due to a mutual interest in a topic. In forums, the topics about what can be discussed are already established. In social networks topics about what can be discussed are not established, and friend connections are not exclusively based on a certain interest about one topic.
What do you think?