How To : Create Your Own Social Network For Free
Social networks are becoming a trend on the internet, services like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace has so many users from around the world. Social networks have functions that are helping us to always connect with the brethren and friends anywhere, anytime. Now, you can create your own social network for free.
How to create your own social network service :
If you want to make a microblogging service like Twitter, you can use StatusNet. You only need a domain and hosting to install the script. The installation is not too complicated, and the documentation is good enough to guide you during the installation and setup process.
The example of service that use StatusNet is Identi.ca.
Download StatusNet and read the documentations here.
If you do not want to use self-hosted service, you can sign up to StatusNet to get your own microblogging domain with yourname.status.net.
Ok, now what if you want to create a social network like Facebook? A service that has a feature to upload photos, videos, news, and of course update status. You can use Jcow, Jcow is a social network script written in PHP and you can install on your own server. Yup, this is like a CMS. You can get your own social network within several minutes.
Just like StatusNet, Jcow is very easy to install and setup, the developer has provided good documentation to guide you.
Tips for Hostgator users :
Go to your cpanel and choose Quick Install in Software/Services menu.