Vanilla is an open-source, standards-compliant, multi-lingual, theme-able, pluggable discussion forum for the web. With over 450 plugins so far, Vanilla is ideal for custom community solutions. Anyone can download and use Vanilla for free. If you do not have a web space, you might be interested in the hosted version of Vanilla as well.

Vanilla lets you have total control over the appearance of your forum so it can completely mesh with the look & feel of your site. Vanilla is fast. Setting up a forum takes moments, using Vanilla is a breeze. With Vanilla’s Pages feature, you can add custom pages to your forum and turn it into a complete website. Add a bunch of plugins and you’ve got a totally interactive website to go along with your forum.

Published under: Social | GPL License

Recently Facebook announced the alpha release of their new C# SDK. This release marks the first C# SDK produced by Facebook, “built to meet the needs of the significant community of Facebook developers using C#”. The new C# SDK has several features, according to Andrew Gode who built it during a recent Facebook hackathon:

  • Works with both Web (ASP.NET) and desktop applications.
  • Uses OAuth 2.0 for authentication.
  • Supports a convenient way of making calls to the new Graph API using the OAuth 2.0 access token.

Notably, C# is a primary platform for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system. Facebook already has an iPhone and Android SDK, so a C# SDK fits well. No word from Facebook on whether this alpha release adheres to the differences between C# for Microsoft’s upcoming mobile operating system and its web/desktop counterpart.

Developers can access and download the Facebook C# SDK from Github today. As this is an alpha release, feedback and support are welcomed.

Published under: Framework | Social

Komodo Media has developed over 80 refined, amazing social networking icons for the top networks around. The Social Network Icon Pack consists of 40+ 16 pixel x 16 pixel icons and 40+ 32 pixel by 32 pixel icons all in 32-bit PNG format. Social Network Icon Pack is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Published under: Icons | Social | CC License

Tweetable is a lightweight jQuery plugin which enables you to display your twitter feed on your site quickly and easily. More than just displaying the feeds you can highlight @replys as well as links being dynamically generated for ease of use.

To use Tweetable simply create an empty div and apply an ID or class of your choice. There are some added parameters that you can pass into tweetable for extra functionality. as default you must enter your username, you can also control the date and set the limit of tweets you wish to display.

Published under: Social | GPL License | MIT License

ThinkTank is a new, free installable web application that lets you capture the insights and expertise of your social network by collecting and organizing replies to your conversations on Twitter, Facebook and (soon!) other networks. ThinkTank is open source, built by a passionate community of people like you.

ThinkTank can do lots of cool stuff:

  • Show you all of your replies to a message, across both Twitter and Facebook.
  • Display a stream of all photos your friends have posted, or a list of all the links they've tweeted, and ThinkTank automatically expands shortened URLs!
  • Automatically archive your status updates (tweets) for all of your Twitter accounts — you can let your friends sign in to archive their messages, too.
  • Find out insights about your followers and friends, like who's most popular or who updates least often.
  • Archive all of your data in your own database. That makes it easy to export your status updates, follower lists, or any other data in the future.
  • Get detailed statistics about your activity, such as your average replies per day, or how often you update.
  • Publish a presentable list of replies to one of your questions, including integration with blogging tools like WordPress.
  • Whatever else our developer community and plugin authors can dream up

 

Published under: Social | GPL License

jTweetsAnywhere is a jQuery Twitter Widget that simplifies the integration of Twitter services into your site.

With just a few lines of Javascript you can:

  • Display tweets from users' feeds and users' lists
  • Show results from a Twitter search
  • Integrate a customizable TweetBox
  • Let your visitors follow you directly from your site
  • Handle secure authentication with Twitter

Published under: Social | MIT License

Retweet buttons are all over the internet now.  They are a handy for giving visitors a quick way to share a post.   Most of the retweet buttons out there come from just a few places:

These all work great and are easily recognizable.  Sometimes we have wanted to add a button that matches a site a little better.  The topsy button has some customization, but not much.  It just allows you to change color schemes.

Ideally, it would be possible to put together completely custom markup and styling for a button.  That is the purpose of customRetweet plugin.

customRetweet allows you to build your own button and style it however you like from the ground up.

 

Published under: Social | License Free

Lately, there’s been quite a fuzz about lazy registration. It turns out that the less the user has to think, the higher the conversion rates are! What a thought! If everybody seems to have a Facebook profile, why not add a one-click user registration? This tutorial will show you how to do that today.

 

Published under: Code | Social

You love twitter? You love LINQ too? Then you are gonna adore LinqToTwitter.

LINQ to Twitter is a LINQ Provider for the Twitter micro-blogging service. It uses standard LINQ syntax for queries and includes method calls for changes via the Twitter API.

LinqToTwitter is one of the most inspiring applications out there made with C# by @JoeMayo. It is open source and several projects are using it already.

Published under: Code | Social | MS Public License