[submitted to JJJ for Features page 01/29/2013]
[updated/revised for BP Codex 05/16/2013]
[Being updated for BP 1.7+]
Showcase your community members by creating an unlimited number of profile fields and groups of profile fields custom-made and meaninful for your community. Available profile field types include: text box, date selector, radio buttons, selectform, multiple selectforms, and a birthday field.
* More about Extended Profiles
Member Account Settings
Allow your users to modify their account and notification settings directly from within their profiles.
* More on Member Accounts
Establish connections between members. Add friends and accept friendship requests. Track activities of friends or friends of friends. Each member has a list of friends on the site. Find new friends with similar interests by any link in each member’s profile field.
Send and receive private emails from members in your friends list within your private messaging panel. All members have their own individual Inbox, Sentbox and Drafts folder. Members will be notified of new messages by a new message count as well as email notifications if enabled.
* More about Messaging
Aggregate and record personal, group and sitewide activities with an RSS feed for each. Additional features include threaded commenting and favoriting in the activity stream, @mentions anywhere in the site, plus email notifications and status updates.
* More about Activity Streams
Gather friends together by creating a public, private or hidden group and become the group admin. The group admin can also approve requests to join the private group, invite friends to a hidden group, establish communications among members, extend privileges to other members, and enable new features within the group, among others.
* More about Groups
* Group Settings and Roles
Keep members abreast of the latest connections and @mentions within the site via email notifications and BP notifications in the WP Toolbar.
Create a network and allow members to start their own full-powered public or private WordPress blogs. Members can track new posts and comments from public blogs across the site as these are posted in the sitewide activity stream, in the blog owner’s activity stream, and in the blogs directory page.
BuddyPress provides five widgets: Members (Newest, Active, Popular tabs), Groups (Newest, Active, Popular tabs), Recently Active Members, Who’s Online and Recent Networkwide Posts (for multisite only).
* More about BuddyPress Widgets
Install bbPress plugin and create full-powered Sitewide and/or Group Forums in your BuddyPress installation. The site admin can set up general forums and the group admins can enable their own group forums. Members can create new topics and post it to any of the public and group forums created.
* Installing Sitewide and/or Group Forums