The good folks at 30 Boxes have gone and created one of the coolest WordPress plugins I’ve seen in a long while. Narendra gave me a sneak peek of it at WordCamp 2006 and I was very excited. Now it’s available to all 30 Boxes users and you can see a screenshot of my Buddy Card on the feature page.
Buddy Cards are a Web 2.0 social calendar site’s solution to the problem of truncated identity in blog comments. Where your comments would have a mere link to the URL you provide, they can now link to a centralized profile page with a rich set of features including buddy pics (a.k.a. gravatars) and automatic buddy harvesting from other places like Flickr.
My description surely fails. Buddy Cards are a visual and interactive thing. Head over to a recent post on my personal blog to see Buddy Cards in action.
Installing the Buddy Cards plugin on your WordPress blog is easy: get the plugin; unzip and upload it to your plugins directory; activate. (This plugin is not available for WordPress.com blogs at this time.)
I am not involved with the development of this plugin; I just think it’s cool. If you have bug reports or support questions, please bring them to the 30 Boxes Forums.