[wp-hackers] Following authors...

Braydon ronin at braydon.com
Sat Feb 18 02:07:20 UTC 2012

BuddyPress has a friend feature and I believe you can view activity from 
those subscriptions.

On 02/15/2012 05:06 PM, Muhammad Ali wrote:
> Any suggestions on how I could create a plugin or integrate a function in
> place of the loop to follow users, much like is done in micro-blogging
> sites.
> Any suggestions on the functions that will be used etc.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated and code examples would be awesome! :)
> Here is a suggestion from Stack Overflow: Thoughts?
>>   Just a plugin concept …
>>     1.
>>     Add a form with a button to each user profile, post or wherever you
>>     want it named *Follow* or*Unfollow*. Show the button only if
>>     is_user_logged_in()<http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/is_user_logged_in>.
>>     You may use a widget for the form.
>>     2.
>>     On form submit update a user meta<http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/update_user_meta>
>>      named follows for the user who clicked the button and another one
>>     named followers for … well … the user who just got a new follower. Use
>>     the user IDs as a serialized array (yes, ugly, I know).
>>     3.
>>     Create a dashboard widget or a whole page where the access is
>>     restricted to users who can follow or be followed. Query for the user
>>     meta<http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/get_user_meta>
>>     follows to get a list of all authors the current user has subscribed
>>     to and then query for the posts from these users<http://codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/WP_Query#Author_Parameters>
>>     .
>>     4.
>>>     Get the user meta followers and print a nice list of her followers.
> E.g.
> https://wordpress.org/support/topic/does-it-exist-follow-authors-in-separate-stream
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