I just released version 0.9 of Invite Anyone. IA is a a BuddyPress plugin that lets users send email invitations to friends who may be interested in joining the site. IA has always kept track of sent invitations at the user level, but there’s never been a good way for get an overall administrator’s view of invitations – until now.
Invite Anyone 0.9 includes a revamp of the plugin’s Dashboard panel, including two brand new tabs. Manage Invitations lets administrators see all of the invitations that have been sent on the system, complete with sortable columns for easy lookups. And Stats lets you see, at a glance, how successful your invitation campaigns are going. Bonus: If you’ve got CloudSponge integration turned on – which you should really try, as it’s a great driver of traffic and membership – CS-specific invitations are broken out into separate Stats columns, allowing you to compare overall invitation acceptance rates with those coming from CloudSponge.
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Version 0.8 of my popular Invite Anyone plugin for BuddyPress has a brand new feature: optional integration with the CloudSponge service. CloudSponge is a service that acts as a front-end for a number of API address-book services (at the moment, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Windows Live/Hotmail/MSN, AOL, Plaxo, the Mac Address Book, and Microsoft Outlook). With CloudSponge turned on alongside Invite Anyone, members of your BuddyPress community can invite friends to join the site by dipping into their preferred address book and selecting the desired email addresses from an easy-to-use interface. This can be a powerful driver of membership and engagement. To sign up for CloudSponge and turn on IA integration, go to the Invite Anyone Dashboard panel (be sure to look in the Network Admin on 3.1 Multisite!).
CloudSponge is a paid service (though they have a free trial). If you decide to become a CloudSponge customer through Invite Anyone, I’ll receive a small portion of your membership fees as an affiliate bonus. You can think of this as a way to support future development on Invite Anyone, by making sure that I have money to purchase the beer and pizza that fuel so much of my code 🙂
Of course, CloudSponge is an optional add-on to Invite Anyone. The plugin itself, and all its existing features, will continue to be free. CloudSponge is a little something extra for those communities where a regular stream of new members is key to success.