|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2009)|
|Developer(s)||The Elgg Foundation and the open source community|
|Stable release||1.8.18 / January 11, 2014|
|License||GNU GPLv2 and X11 (MIT)|
Elgg is open source social networking software that provides individuals and organizations with the components needed to create an online social environment. It offers blogging, microblogging, file sharing, networking, groups and a number of other features. It was also the first platform to bring ideas from commercial social networking platforms to educational software.
Elgg was the first platform to bring ideas found in commercial social networking platforms to education. It was founded in 2004 by Ben Werdmuller and Dave Tosh, based on informal papers they had written over the previous year. Combining their experience (Werdmuller was a web entrepreneur who had been building and facilitating online communities since 1995, while Tosh was a postgraduate student in online education) they created a social networking approach to e-learning, with the former designing the architecture and writing most of the code. Subsequently, they founded the company Curverider Ltd to continue the development of the software and to provide Elgg-related services. Elgg has since become a cross-purpose open source social networking platform.
In April 2009, Werdmuller decided to leave the project, leaving Brett Profitt in charge of development. In May 2010 a hosted version of Elgg launched in beta. In December 2010, Curverider was acquired by Thematic Networks and Elgg was transferred to a non-profit foundation.
Elgg is free to download and use. It is dual licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) as published by the Free Software Foundation and the MIT License. Elgg runs on the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) platform. Elgg is used by Lorea as the engine of N-1.cc, the self-organized social network of the Spanish 15-M social movement. The same applies for the self-organized Anillo Sur and Saravea Lorea latinamerican social networks.
In 2013 Werdmuller began work on Known, a new social networking platform.
Sites powered by Elgg
Here is a list of some sites powered by Elgg
Commercial Elgg stores and Elgg Developers
- Arck Interactive
- Thematic Networks
- Cubet Technologies
- Team Webgalli
- Ben Werdmuller
- Marcus Povey
Elgg community sites
- OLDaily, July 16, 2004
- Elgg - social network software for education ReadWriteWeb, 2006.
- End of an era, start of a new one benwerd.com, 2009.
- A foundation, acquisition and change blog.elgg.org, 2010.
- The Elgg Foundation benwerd.com, 2010.
- The Elgg Foundation www.downes.ca, 2010.
- "Download Elgg". Elgg Foundation.
- "Elgg License". Elgg Foundation.
- N-1, red social del movimiento #15M
- Multiple site support with MP's Multisite Elgg marcus-povey.co.uk, 2010
- Elgg Multisite Project
- Known: taking a big bet on the #indieweb
- "Powered by Elgg". Elgg Foundation. Retrieved 27 March 2013.