BuddyPress is a plugin that extends the functionality of WordPress with the features that social networks have. Use this plugin to create your own social network on your site.
BuddyPress is a great tool to increase traffic to your site. It will allow visitors to your site to create their own profile and timeline of posts . Users can create groups with each other.
They can also set up email notifications or go into private chats with other users. The plugin will certainly find its use for creating communities in companies, schools and the like. BuddyPress is compatible with Akismet and bbPress plugins.
BuddyPress plugin installation and setup
Excellent video tutorial on how to install and set up a forum in WordPress via the BuddyPress plugin: