Your ELGG (an open source community platform) users might not be overly concerned about their friend count, but they very often might need to make a connection with your organisation right off the bat if they have questions about how to use the site or need to understand what having a friend or contact entails so they have the confidence to start engaging with other users.
If you currently use or are considering implementing ELGG, you may want to think about starting your members off with at least one default friend.
ELGG the platform doesn’t have this ability by default, so you’ll need to turn to the plug-in “be-tom” – named in tribute Tom of MySpace fame. You’ll find information on the plug-in in the community space of the ELGG web site.
However, a client of ours wanted more than just one Tom. Her organisation has a team managing her ELGG: a subject matter expert, a technical support person and a web site coordinator. So, she wanted all three to be the default friends.
Kenny Tran, one of our talented web developers here at Brightcookie.com, has authored an article on how to modify the be_tom plug-in to make multiple default ELGG friends a reality.
Download it here and please leave your comments, feedback and suggestions in the comments of this blog post.