Plugin Review – Crowdmentions
Version Tested: V 1.0.3
The BuddyPress @Mentions is it’s system for sending site members a public message, similar to writing on a users wall in Facebook since the mention will turn up in that users activity stream. @Mentions is normally a one to one thing, if you want to have more than one person in your mention then you must include @member1, @member2 etc. In your activity update.
Crowdmentions attempts to change that behaviour by adding the ability to send mentions to groups of members; tn includes the keywords of @friends, @group, @moderators and @administrators.
@friends will mention all of your friends in one activity update. When in a group @group, @moderators and @administrators will mention all group members, just the administrators and just the administrators respectively.
Crowdmentions provides some useful additional features to a BuddyPress install however I can’t help thinking that it needs to do more. For example I feel that it should have the option of including a notice of what Crowdmentions does to the user base, otherwise the membership will remain unaware that the feature exists. I’m not entirely sure how this could be enabled but I think that this need to inform the membership is an important one. Also I think that adding the ability for a member to create their own @mention user groups would also be a great boon – whereby you allow a user to create a subset of their friends to send a group @mention to.
I give Crowdmentions 7 out of 10, it works fine but I feel needs something more in order for it to be an important addition to a BuddyPress Site.
My Star Rating