wordpress api’s …where have you been ?

ok, so i m looking into wordpress api’s that we could hopefulys take in budypress. So apparently there ‘s alot going on & here are my links for the day

1)SHOWACASE

http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API

and http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/

2)MASHUP WITH GOOGLE APIS ( GOOGLE CALENDAR, GOOGLE MAPS  )

http://myrv20.com/

the code : http://code.google.com/p/wordpress-geo-mashup/

3)MY PICKS

Community Cloud Plugin
This plugin searches your wordpress database and displays a ‘tag cloud’ of all the people in your community who have contributed to our blog by commenting and rating

…looks like there is a window to develop this into the currency  [ automated from commenting ]

take a poll

you can take a look at this site (scroll down), this could work for awarding badges, or the text adventure

FLEX ( go springraph !! )

here : http://www.unstructure.org/

if this can happen > then the virtual amenoid can happen [through flex!]

4) more web aplications here :  http://www.webappers.com/

5) AND some limited fun with look and feel http://patterntap.com

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A day with Habbo

NO BOBBA
http://www.habbo.com/groups/97348/id
http://www.habbo.com/articles/781-lets-talk-about-bobba
http://www.habbo.com/articles/780-safety-crossword-puzzle

RITUALS in NO bobba
every Friday
on FRIDAY there will be a quiz where you can enter all FOUR Safety Slogans from the week. We will pick 10 correct answers at random and those lucky Habbos will win a Party Furni pack and the Fig Leaf Shield Badge!

FREE vs  PAYING
Ok, so Habbo is expensive. I had to buy 25 coins ( =5$) today in order to make a group and buy furni that i could then trade. I have spend it all without doing anything too amazing.

PRIVACY
You can make rooms :
open
locked ( visitors have to ring a bell)
password protected

You can also make groups private
groups DO NOT CONNECT to ROOMS though.
they connect to discussion forums

HABBO CATALOGUE
This is what you can buy:
FURNI
dinner
mode()
iced(thats pretty big in habbo)
lodge
pura (?)
bathroom
spaces
windows
accessories
rollers
posters and flags
trophies
teleports( useful to make our network)
rugs
plants
collectibles
items cost from 3-6 coins each ( 25 coins= 5 dollars )

PETS
interactive, you have to take care of them
you can only put it down in one of your rooms
there can be three pets in each room
the basket is your pets home, if you pick it up the pet will go back in your hand
every time you visit this page you will go back to a different selection of pets.
your pet will sleep more when it gets old
you cannot trade your pet
expensive, cost 22 coins

TRAX
You can make your own music and export it
Jukebox, is the track player
tunes that are ready made
ambient
dance
rock
sfx
urban
traxmachine: 22coins

CURRENCY
I have talked about this again so i ll keep it short.  You get Coins by purchasing. You get pixels by doing things in the world, such as winning a game, logging in etc. You can use coins to by furni, you can change your habbo coins into tradeable coins. then you are able to use coins in a trade for furni. Pixels you can use for renting stuff and for special effects.

ECOTRON:
Get rid of old furniture,  you must own  a piece of furni 336 hours before they can be recycled.

ROOMS BY MEMBERS vs PUBLIC SPACES
ROOMS=weird weird stuff- random events not so good
met a mum of two-us recruit army guy???-7th grader gamer kid
PUBLIC SPACES= much better, met a no bobba guide too. He made me fill in a crossword :/

HABBOS LIKE

most popular tags for users profile
* bluE* cool* dogs* football* friends* guides* guiding* habbo* habbo guides * happy*  love* music* pink * pizza* rock* sexy* simpsons* summer* twilight

HABBO FAN SITE
http://www.habbolot.net/V7/

RULES
You should not:
* Tell your password to a Habbo, friend, staff member or stranger.
* Tell anyone personal information which could be used to locate you or other people in real life.
* Abuse, harass or bully other Habbos.
* Use hate speech or make rude comments about a Habbo’s race, religion, gender or sexuality.
* Use any programs to hack, script or edit Habbo in any way.
* Own, sell or run replica Habbo Hotels (retros).
* Steal from or trick Habbos into giving you their passwords, Habbo Credits or furniture.
* Discuss or take part in sexual acts with other Habbos.
* Act out or roleplay violent acts, even as a joke.
* Give away, trade or sell your Habbo account.
* Break the law or talk others into breaking the law.

If you see anyone breaking the rules, please Call for Help so that a Moderator can take action.

You should:
* Have fun!
* Hang out with your friends
* Make new friends
* Respect other people’s opinions and beliefs

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aha!open source social networks : buddypress

i discovered buddypress ! which is linked to wordpress!! which is awesome and i will make updates soon.

I will also talk about tumblr…

So, here i am , talking about Buddypress which has me getting excited. Here are some key features

Buddypress

LIST OF FEATURES
Activity : RSS
Profile
Blogs ( Journal – portfolio space )
Wire ( wire posts are within the SSN, sthg like the Wall in FB)
Messages
Friends
Groups
Settings (something that should be taken out)

not yet available at the demo but will be available soon
Status Updates
Albums
Private Messaging
extended profiles

Also from the buzz going on in the forums Buddypress supports
supporting widgets
media Wiki
PHP my Admin

NOTES

Made by Automattic- Mathew Mullneweg, funding of  $29.5 million by Ny times and others

Buddypress is basically a wordpress MU,multi-user version of WordPress, the popular blog/cms tool. The aim of WPMU is to allow for one installation to spawn multiple WordPress blog instances. Basically, you can install WPMU on your server and run as many individual WordPress instances as your box can handle.

It has an excellent plugin API, as well as a whole host of quality pre-built plugins ready to download and activate. Plugins were built and used for private messaging, advanced profile management, online polls, photo management, multi-blog search and user credential management. ( this is not yet available at the demo) As each one is a separate plugin, there is no reason why site admins can’t pick and choose which components they want and don’t want. There is also no reason why additional components couldn’t be written, or other existing WordPress plugins be used alongside

Following our idea of creating a journal for the students, a member home page includes a users own personal profile front and center, their own personal “journal” as a feature of their home page, as well as private messaging functionality. That could be very useful for the mentor as well as hotline api’s in the Wellness Domain.

Moreover, on the visual part of it . ‘The theme has been designed so that colors and the logo can easily be changed. It has also been created to make use of every BuddyPress feature, theme designers can then cut and paste functionality they’d like in their own themes.’

Finally what is great is the limited credentials that allow us PRIVACY and full control : we can limit the administration functionality that a member has on their own blog. This stops them from signing up new users, deleting content they shouldn’t be, or changing the theme of their member page. I created a simple plugin that disabled the menus for these settings in the WordPress admin interface. The pages could only be accessed by site-wide administrators if needed.

HOW IT LOOKS WITH FULL FEATURES : http://apeatling.wordpress.com/2008/06/12/new-buddypress-theme/

check also Andy Peatling’s blog, and the site he has build with buddypress : http://chickspeak.com/mypage

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Habbo Hotel School District & cool facts

So last August Habbo announced the School District Competition.

‘The next step would be competing for funding by boosting enrollment and holding live classes and events. Habbo District High Schools are under tremendous pressure to continually grow and prove their curriculum. The schools will face regular visits from the Habbo School District and some may even be featured on Crash Carson’s Radio Show. In the end, a handful of the most impressive principals will be selected to receive Habbo School District funding. ‘

I am trying to find more information on what has happened to Habbo hotel’s school district and in the meantime i checked habbo for some inspiration, here are some cool facts :

  • Competition&Event posting . Nice structure in all posts goes as following : Story blurb. Rules. Prize.
  • Currency.  In Habbo you earn currency ( the new currency is called pixels ) in order to get discounts on furni ((new furniture for your rooms), rent effects for your room or  your Habbo avatar.. Check out here
  • Personal Page Layout.  Includes Buddy list, personal notes, link to your room, traxplayer (plays music), high scores, my profile box that includes avatarand tag, my rooms box. The page is in a sticker style

habbo_home-page

  • In the hotel: you can chat, check your friends list (buddy aim list, friend request, search for friends), open a navigator, check the event browser, check the catalogue for furnishing your room, from your controller join fee games (like snowfight ). You can also acess help that immediately wil ask you if there is a safety issue and will link you online to a chat assist- hobbo. You can also dance, wave and check your badges, your achievemnts and your effects. Here are some badges: Level 1 for playing and wining a snow battle, 50% tru habbo for being member of the community for 24 weeks etc etc. Some achievements ( focus on helping others) : bunny, the speedy one, for being a habbo guide, here to help. Bambi, level 2, the loving one, makes you wanna help others. etc etc For more check here

habbo_achievemnts

There is also the Habbo School Group on the uk server, check here

to be continued…

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Being Me : User scenario Lucia

Lucia knows a little something about books. She has of course read all Harry Potter books, kicking the ‘24 hours awake’ limit for that last one, but her latest obsession is Holes, by Louis Sachar.  Last week she introduced ‘Holes’ to the Bookworms Group in Being Me. Everybody got really excited but they all agreed that it’s the rule- nobody can post anything about how the book ends until everybody in Bookworms has read it.

Today is Lucia’s favorite day of the week; it is Codeworlds class ! Last week her teacher, Igor, announced that there would be a new puzzle quest before they level up to Boss Challenge. But Igor has been so secretive about it. Lucia has been constantly checking Igor’s page on Being Me and he hasn’t posted anything yet.

Lucia is very excited about these mini quests and has been doing pretty well in them, wining the title of a Wiki-us Talent last month, an award that made her little learning creature next to her avatar grow a bit. Also, her badge collection is finally getting bigger.

In the Wiki-us Quest, her class had to solve ‘the mystery of Alexandria’. They had to use this new tool in their Being Me, called Wiki, to seek and find missing information about the famous library of Alexandria and reveal who is behind the mischievous plot.
Obviously, this was a piece of cake for Lucia who easily led her team to gaining extra points for the quest, awarded to them through Being Me. With all those points she can easily now get some lab time with this famous mentor in metaplace, called Ibu, that everybody has been talking about…or maybe she gets some smalab time…she ‘s heard that the smalab scientist Kyle is really awesome…

Ah… class time on the matrix data screen, time for Lucia to go.


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Currency: ways to get rewards in Being me, some first ideas

1.Mini rewards. Students get currency by clicking, posting, sharing etc (this is an automated procedure)
2.Macro rewards : teachers assign currency to students or students get currency by most popular vote ( for example Denis had the highest rate on his wellness blog post)
3. Bonus rewards by playing mini games within the being me sections. For example in expertise exchange a quiz about a knowledge domain, or a scavenger hunt in the wiki were students have to find different types of wrong information and correct it.

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Being Me: User Scenario Jeff

User Scenario #1: Jeff

This past summer eleven year old Jeff moved with his parents from Portland, Oregon to New York City. He is normally quiet and quite shy which has made starting the 6th grade in a new environment a little hard on him. He has not made many friends since the move and after finishing his homework spends most of his nights playing World of Warcraft and talking to his friends back in Portland on MySpace.

About a month into the school year the students are given access to the school’s new social web site “Being Me.” On “Being Me” Jeff is able to create an avatar, design a personal space and portfolio, and explore a 3D simulation of his school and its neighborhood.

Jeff starts fiddling around with some of the applications available on the site and soon is designing and building custom items for his virtual space. He notices that students are allowed to upload items they created to the virtual school store and decides to post a few of the things he made for others to use. Within a few days, news of Jeff’s talent spreads. Lots of students stop by his personal space to praise him for what he made. Two other students–Mark and Tom–ask Jeff if they could come over one day and have Jeff help them design custom items for their spaces.

During their visit Mark, Tom and Jeff learn that they have a lot in common. They start eating lunch and playing together during recess. Jeff’s confidence builds. He initiates IM conversations with other classmates in Being Me’s virtual space. These virtual interactions allow Jeff to emerge from his shell gradually, breaking the wall between himself and his new schoolmates at his own pace.

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