Update: This plugin has been retired and the functionality has been added to BuddyPress Core.

One of the things that I really love about the new Twitter app for Mac and Facebook is the auto-complete function when you’re mentioning someone. This allows you to quickly notify a user that you’d like to have involved in the conversation. BuddyPress has had this functionality since BP 1.2 but sadly until now it was a feature that used to confuse the heck out of certain people, and thus it was often disabled.

BuddyPress Core Developer Paul Gibbs has been working in semi-secrecy on the solution to this problem, and released his BP-Labs plugin in just before the weekend. This plugin adds Twitteresque (I love to make up new words) username auto completion to BuddyPress. Like to try it?

Download the BuddyPress Labs Plugin

When you’ve installed the plugin just start typing the (user)name of the person you want to mention and this happens:

Crazy awesome right?! The plugin also adds a nice Group Management tool to the front-end of your BuddyPress network. When you’re logged in as an admin, just visit the Group Directory and hover over a group to see some quick links to the group administration pages. Here’s another preview:

The BP-Labs plugin will be updated in the future to add more experimental UI functionality to BuddyPress, so for those who like to stay on top of things, be sure to install the plugin.

What would you like to see added to the plugin? Let me (and Paul) know in the comments!


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