NC location based elgg

By Teo

Hi all,
I would like to create a location based elgg social network; the idea is that when you sign in you must insert your location and everything you can visualise, comment and do in it is inside a circle of x kilometres.
For example:
1. I can see all the members near me;
2. All I post, comment, etc. can be see only by the use near me;
3. I can use a market plugin and every item I buy/sell can be sold/bought by someone near me;
4. ... I think it is becoming clear :-)

This is the core function; but I would also focus on validation and security (is there a way to grant that the user is real, is related to the location he insert in his profile [i.e. he lives/works where there], etc?)

I have some coding skills, but not enough experience on elgg plugin building to do it by myself.

I have some budget for it and I would like to release it to the community.


  • Thanks to the people that replied, but I think I was not clear enough on my needs.

    I try to explain better:

    1. when you login you should be redirect to profile/edit page where you must fill the compulsory fields (at least Name, Surname, Email and Location). The location field should have the possibility to pin the address on a google map or at least use its autofill feature in order to grab a real address.
    2. When you login and complete your profile, there should be a verification step: e.g. if at least three people verify me I will have full access to the site, with the limits of point 4 below; or the admin can do it.
    3. I would like that everything is added to the site by the geolocated user has his same location: if he posts on a blog, on the wire, on the market, etc. every activity he made is anchored to his location. (I believe this approach is more consistent and straightforward than geolocalize each post)
    4. the site must be a walled-garden one, where the limit of the things a user can see or interact with should be around a given circle around him (i.e. 1km). So in order to use the site you must login, but everything you see is around 1km from you: for example, if I click on Activity, all I see is the activity around me, the same for the Market, Blog, Wire and all the other features elgg supports.

    I hope it is a bit clearer now. I am here for any comments or questions.

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