Use a custom excerpt in the Activity Stream for blog posts

Sometimes you want to have full control over the excerpt that is shown in the activity stream when you publish a new post for your readers. R-A-Y from has created a simple snippet which gives you back control over how the excerpt will be displayed in new Blog Post entries. Here’s the code:

Place the following in your child themes functions.php file, or in bp-custom.php:

function my_bp_post_excerpt($activity_content, $post, $permalink) {
return $post->post_excerpt;
return $activity_content;
add_filter( 'bp_blogs_activity_new_post_content', 'my_bp_post_excerpt', 1, 3 );


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6 Responses to Use a custom excerpt in the Activity Stream for blog posts

  1. Oli November 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    thx, exactly what i needed!

  2. bowe November 17, 2010 at 11:24 pm #

    your welcome!

  3. Tahir July 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    I am a lover of buddypress . i have a question please give me a suggestion. whenever a user publish a new blog post , full post is displayed in activity stream. if a post is lengthy it does not looks good in activity stream. i want to to display a paragraph or just title of lengthy post in activity stream instead of full post. how can i do that.

  4. mrjarbenne September 9, 2011 at 2:39 am #

    Is there a way to change the activity content excerpt: shorten, lengthen, or remove it entirely if you only wanted to blog title to show up in the activity feed. I assume it might be done with some variation of this code, replacing the else return activity_content with none somehow.

  5. dainis w michel December 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    added to functions.php and all posts appeared blank.



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