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Open Source Gift Registry

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Seems like people are starting to talk about Christmas already. I know I’ve started thinking about it a bit. Man I love this time of year. All the Holidays right in a row.

Anyway, many people struggle with the challenge of having a list of things that they’d like for Christmas, but then you don’t know if multiple people are going to buy you the same thing. That’s right, then you get 2 of the same thing and 1 person sometimes feels bad if their gift is a lesser model than the other one.

Today I found an open source project that tries to solve this problem. It’s called PHP Gift Registry. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think I’m going to give it a try. Could be interesting to see how it goes.

Basically, you can make a list of things that you’d like (which I like since I always forget things that I want so I need to make a list when I think of them). Then, people can either Reserve or Purchase an item on the list. However, the person that created the list can’t see who else bought it. Only other people can see that info. Pretty slick.

Of course, the entrepreneur in me wondered why we hadn’t seen this type of software out there in mass where people could use it and not have to have the skills to host it themselves. Plus, the affiliate sales you could make from a list like this would be awesome. Not to mention the marketing data that you’d have at your fingertips. If done right, this could do really well.

Personally though, I’d probably want to convert it to a BuddyPress plugin so that then you’d get all the social elements of it. Plus, you could use the invite plugins to make the thing grow virally. Seems like a great extension of the BuddyPress Group API to me.

BuddyPress Presentation at WordCamp Utah

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

The following is my presentation on “Why BuddyPress Rocks” at WordCamp Utah. Feel free to leave any questions you have about my presentation. Feedback is also appreciated.

Attending WordCamp Utah and WordCamp Las Vegas

Monday, August 16th, 2010

I’m really excited to be attending both WordCamp Utah and WordCamp Las Vegas in the next couple months. I’ve attended WordCamp Las Vegas in the past and enjoyed it thoroughly. I’ve always wanted to present at a WordCamp and so I’ll actually be presenting at both WordCamp conferences.

WordCamp Utah
At WordCamp Utah, I’m going to be presenting on “Why BuddyPress Rocks!” I think it’s going to be a fun session where I can talk about all the different ways that BuddyPress can be used. I can discuss where the development of BuddyPress is headed and how I’m using BuddyPress on my new sports fundraising website. This should be a lot of fun since I pretty much work on BuddyPress all day now.

Plus, hopefully I’ll be able to share how cool it is to be a member of a small niche community like BuddyPress. There are thousands of them online and it’s really fun to be part of one. Plus, hopefully I can connect with some other BuddyPress and WordPress developers that I can work with in the future. If I grow GivingSports.com and GivingSquare.com the way I’d like, I’m going to definitely need some good WordPress/BuddyPress development help soon.

WordCamp Las Vegas
I was planning to present on BuddyPress at WordCamp Las Vegas as well, but another guy was interested in presenting on that topic too. Not a big deal for me. I’m just glad that BuddyPress will be talked about at the WordCamp. Plus, I have 6 other blogs that basically feed my family so there are plenty of other blogging related topics that I could present on.

I’m going to be presenting at WordCamp Las Vegas on “From Hobby to Full Time Blogger: Lessons Learned from 5 Years of Blogging” I’ve wanted the chance to tell my story of blogging for a while, so I’m excited to be given the opportunity. Hopefully those that attend will find it interesting and useful. I’ve learned a lot about blogging over the past 5 years and I’m really happy to call myself a full time blogger.

If any of you are planning to attend these events, I look forward to meeting you there.