BuddyPress.org, the social platform built on WordPress has experienced some extraordinary growth since its launch. More specifically, since October 2009, the site traffic has increased from 201,000 visits to over 655,000 visits in October 2010.
BuddyPress was conceived in 2008 while working to add social networking features to a WordPressμ powered site. The first official stable release was in May 2009. The platform has grown and morphed considerably since then, into the dynamic, easily extensible package you see today.