Not Really Introducing Kin

For the last six months or so, I’ve been spending an not insignificant amount of my free time building a social network application. No, not an app that connects to Facebook or Twitter. More like something you can use as your own private Facebook.

I originally built it for the College of Wizardry LARP, as a way for characters to creations relations and interact, thus deepening their experience. It seems to have worked out well.

But then I figured, maybe this could be used for more. And so I tweaked the code and made it fairly usable across a broad spectrum of uses. So theoretically it can be used for other LARPs, a closed social network for you and your friends (or family). Basically anywhere you’d like a group of people to have Facebook/Myspace-like interactions without sharing it publicly.

It installs on your own server, so there’s no need to worry about your content being located somewhere else and what’s happening to said content.

Here are some of the features:

  • User Walls
  • Friend lists
  • User Groups
  • Private Messaging framework, w/ file attachments for messages
  • Flexible user profile field system
  • Notification framework
  • User Relationships (romantic and familial)
  • Likes, comments and more
  • Text and picture status updates
  • oEmbed support for Vimeo, Soundcloud and Youtube (more to be added)

Now, it’s not done yet. I’m currently working on Beta 0.9.8, but I plan on having a stable production ready version for no later than summer 2015. You can find out more about the project on Github.