Tutorial :.Net based open source social web site? [closed]


I am building a web site like Facebook. Not a competitor of a Facebook, just a mid-sized internal school alumni web site. :-)

Features I like is, each grade/class could organize itself as a group and have group administrator, each person belongs to one grade/class group, and there is a whole system administrator to manage all groups. Each grade/class could have things like announcement board, discussion board and each person could use the platform to communicate with other guy and share documents/photos.

My question is, are there any existing such kinds of open souce .Net based project to use?

thanks in advance, George


I'm working on one at http://raya.codeplex.com/ running on .NET. It is a port of partuza, http://partuza.nl/, a sample PHP OpenSocial-based social site. For apps, you can run any iGoogle, or any apps from sites like Myspace, Orkut, friendster etc. with little or no modifications. Wanna help? :)

Or you could simply use Google Friend Connect, http://www.google.com/friendconnect/, to add social features to your site.


Free, but not open source: MonoX. Includes a lot of social networking modules. It appears that they also support Open Social.


If you're serious about building such a service, in my opinion you should check out this book:

ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking

Here is a sample chapter (pdf) from it


Google's OpenSocial is probably your best bet. Or, you could use the free Ning, essentially a highly capable wizard for creating social networks.

Many basic social network infrastructures exist online, you simply need to modify them to your needs.


I don't think so that there is a open source site for this. But if you would like to use CMS then you can use dotnetnuke. Then create a module for social networking site.


Google has open social. http://code.google.com/apis/opensocial/

There are plenty of PHPBB type sites out there.


Dotnetnuke is probably the closest. Ther is also Community Server that has a free version for small groups but I don't think it is open source.

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