Active online networking communities have become an inevitable part of the business these days. The online social networking giants like Google, Facebook, Yahoo , LinkedIn etc has their success stories built on top of the social networking solutions. These solutions are nothing but source codes or line of codes that which can be tailored as per the business requirements. Earlier days, an organization to become popular enough they had to depend on marketing and advertising agencies. Nowadays the social networking sites play this role in a much simpler and customized way for the user.
The communities created can be for various purposes like it could be a professional community, a friends network or an educational network or an online trading network or even a dating network. Communities are used to share thoughts or information online and this information with good marketing skills can be of monetary benefits. Once clicked, these communities will branch out and start generating revenue of its own.
The open source social networking script offered by many groups provides a comprehensive solution for the business. It helps to better manage the user communities of any business. And even offers safer trading as well which further elaborates the scope of the business. Highly interactive social networking sites can be built with the help of this software. Either we can add features to an existing website or create a new community website as such with several features.
The various features in these open source social network scripts include modules for new chats, blogs, forums, ratings, guestbook, and gift stores etc. They also come with Peer to peer messengers, instant messaging, Voice call facility, discussion boards and usage of smileys as well. If a new business product has to be marketed, a community website would be the best choice. The Community websites would help the organization to efficiently manage the communities and can always be connected to the communities online.
As the competency grew among the groups offering open source social networking scripts, the pits in the industry also got higher. If the source code is not open, the user might not be able to customize the site created so its better to ensure that the script is of open source code. The script always comes with a license and some offer very cheap license fee and later the updation fee would be much higher. So need to be careful while purchasing the licensed source codes. Having a run through the community or forum portal of these groups will help to determine the customer facing issues as well as the customer support offered.
However, owing to the many benefits offered in better managing and moderating the business communities, the demand for open source scripting has always seen a rise.