GROU.PS is a do-it-yourself social networking platform that allows people with similar affiliations or interests to come together in one place. The communities created are customizable and flexible according to the needs of the group.
The GROU.PS platform is used to create a wide variety of community sites, including online gaming forums, e-learning classrooms, fan clubs, charity fundraising campaigns, college alumni societies, and event planning portals. In short, any organization seeking to aggregate and organize people online can greatly improve its effectiveness, engagement and appeal by migrating to the GROU.PS platform.
They’ve been around for a while, but just recently announced a tool that will let Yahoo Groups administrators to sync up with GROU.PS. This allows you to stick a bunch of new features onto your existing Yahoo community like wikis, photos, links, blogs, calendars, chat, forums, maps, profiles, and even subgroups. The Yahoo group admin doesn’t have to shut down the existing Yahoo group. The GROU.PS functionality integrates closely with the existing infrastructure, adding modern-day social networking features to an otherwise boring platform.
GROU.PS makes it simple to manage your community from one single domain. ActivityRank Pipelines provide a point system that rewards users with additional privileges based on their content and other contributions to the community. Among these privileges are moderation, which takes some of the heat off of the administrator in keeping the community organized.
The startup hosts about 40,000 different social networks and is home to more than 2.5 million users. They have received over $2 million in funding at this point. They are also launching a subscription model where you can charge members a fee and GROU.PS takes a 50% cut.
GROU.PS faces stiff competition from Ning, which has about 40 million users and about 2 million social networks created. Giving old Yahoo Groups the ability to step into the current day might help GROU.PS get bigger a lot faster. Also, Ning has some ongoing issues with spam, which could be a side-effect of them becoming so large. GROU.PS definitely has a chance to steal away some of Ning’s shine if they play their cards right.Category: Social Web | Tags: grou.ps, Ning, Social Networking, Yahoo