New MediaWiki extension: BuddyPressActivity

One of the most interesting vantage points from which to monitor goings-on around the CUNY Academic Commons is the BuddyPress activity feed. The sitewide feed – located on the Commons’s News page – lists all the activity happening the blogs, groups, and profiles around the site. There are activity streams for individual users and for those users’ friends as well – you can mine, for instance, here.

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Until recently, though, these streams did not include information the activity taking place in the wiki portion of the site. I’ve developed a extension for MediaWiki (the software that powers the Wiki section of the Commons) called BuddyPressActivity that rectifies this shortcoming. For websites – like the CUNY Academic Commons – that have integrated our homegrown MediaWiki/Wordpress MU integration, this extension will update BuddyPress activity streams to include edits to pages within the wiki, thus better reflecting the extent and variety of the action on the site.

You can find out more about the extension – and download the code for use on your own MW/WMPu installation – at http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:BuddyPressActivity.

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  1. Thanks for the shout-out. I am really anxious to start touting the activity feeds as a real center for the CUNY Academic Commons. It seems to me that these kinds of streams, along with the personal profiles, play a key role in making people feel at home and fostering community. This is one thing that Facebook gets right – they split the focus between the persona that the individual actively creates and the group persona that emerges from the activity that the community engages in. Put together, these two personae have the potential to give the site a real, distinct personality. Extensions like this one are baby steps in that direction.

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  2. Boone,

    I agree, and add to it the ability for people to add and stream feeds of their activity from a variety of sites like flickr, youtube, twitter, an external blog, delicious, etc., and you have a really powerful hub of activity and relevance. The key would be to connect users based on those incoming data feeds, and make the idea of relationships that much clearer. It is the right model, and the future of all of this.

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  3. I got this error:

    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /../wiki/extensions/buddypress-activity/buddypress-activity.php:2) in /../wiki/includes/WebResponse.php on line 16

  4. Is this extension compatible with WordPress 3.0? The Cuny website appears to be regularly updated with new versions of WordPress, so I would think so. But the Mediawiki extension page has not been similarly updated.

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