Leaving this here as it will be a good reference for some features and visual improvements we could add later. It is otherwise redundant because after trying it we got awful server speed problems.
Using The Youzer WordPress theme which includes and/or uses various plug-ins to make a site that is focused primarily on social networking.
The second video below is long but gives a good overview. You can skip through the installation parts and the rest is about the features (about here). The first is an intro and gives an idea of the advantages.