Since the first social networks rose to popularity, concepts such as Friend and later Like–previously reserved for direct human interaction–have taken on new meaning in an always-online, information driven culture. It could be argued that social networks have transformed the way people interact with their friends, relatives and colleagues. Friends, connections, followers, circles, and lists have enabled people to connect and stay connected in ways they’d never been able to before. Many organizations are now realizing the importance of leveraging social interactions for more than just recreation. Liferay Portal’s robust social features make it a great platform for business web sites, casual web sites and everything in between.
Liferay Portal’s social applications ship with the product, but they only scratch the surface of what’s available on the platform. For example, these applications let you connect your users as Friends, but the API allows for all kinds of relationships, such as coworker, spouse, child, follower, romantic partner, and more. If you want to take advantage of some of these other relationships, your developers can use these apps as a starting point for implementing the full power of Liferay Portal’s social platform.
Out of the box, Liferay Portal has a constantly improving set of social features that help you encourage social interactions on your own website as well as leverage the power and popularity of other social networks. In this chapter, you’ll learn about
- General use social portlets
- Social portlets for personal pages
- Configuring personal pages for social networking
- How to connect users using Liferay Portal social relations
- Social Activity
- Integrating Liferay Portal with other social sites
When you’re finished, you’ll be well equipped to use Liferay Portal to power your social network.