Sometimes, the simple terminology used to describe different features can be confusing. Here is a quick look at the terms involved with the key BuddyPress components, along with a description.
|Activity Streams||A listing of cumulative activity for each community user. Each time a user does something, such as post a new comment or status update, it shows up in their Activity Stream.|
|bbPress Forums||Gives community groups the ability to create and manage a discussion forum for their group.|
|Blog Tracking||An aggregation of a user’s blog activity, including new blog creation, recent blog posts, and comments.|
|Extended Profiles||Allows site owners to create custom profile fields for their users to fill in with information that will display on their profile page.|
|Friends||Allows community members to connect with one another through the ability to “friend” other members; each member subsequently has a listing of friends within the community.|
|Groups||Gives community users the ability to create groups, which are a gathering of community members with similar interests, and gives them a place within the community to interact, discuss, and share information.|
|Private Messaging||Allows community members to send private messages to their friends. Think of this as an internal e-mail program where users can send and reply to messages from one another, and the messages are kept private between the senders and recipients.|