WordPress began as a blogging tool, then it became a platform for building straightforward websites. Now, with BuddyPress, WordPress has an offering that is a mini-Facebook – allowing for collaboration, decentralized control and the power of the many over that of the “one.”
Here is a good summary of the pluses and minuses of this new tool. While BuddyPress isn’t the website future – yet, I do think that increasingly all website will have social networking components and the distinction between “social networking” and “websites will disappear.
Good for lawyers?
I’m not sure lawyers or law firms need to rush out and install BuddyPress. It probably too advanced for lawyer websites for now. One use, is to build a lobbying campaign – an activity around filing an amicus brief or for publicizing a particular piece of legislation.