I just shared with you a great organizational tool for families, and now here’s another great web service for groups.
Qlubb is a web-based group application that give groups the means to easily connect, share information and get stuff done. You can post messages, files, share photos, and add events to a calendar, all in one or two clicks of your mouse.
I can see this being a great tool for our neighborhood playgroup. We’ve used Yahoo! groups for a few years now, but problems with messages being delivered come up every once in a while, and Qlubb just seems more intuitive overall.
There are so many aspects of this service that I’m very pleased with. The main one, and the one that my group would probably use the most, is that of group events. You can add events right from your homepage, have members RSVP, and with the aid of a sign-up sheet, volunteer for tasks or to bring supplies. It’s so easy to send reminders out as the need arises.
Another fun feature is the member roster. For my group, it shows a member’s email address, kids’ names and birthdays, and any allergies. This way, when someone volunteers to host a playgroup, they can take a glance at the roster and see if any of the kids attending have any allergies. Brilliant! If you want to show more (or less) information, the administrator can modify the attributes of the roster.
An email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) is automatically given to you when you create a group, so it’s easy to send emails to all members at once. With the handy message board feature, though, members’ inboxes will no longer have to be filled with random emails. For my group in particular, this will be SO useful when it comes to selling/trading baby items, which happens often between the neighborhood moms.
At first I was having doubts that members of my group would want to transition over to another service, but so far it’s gone over well. The fact that they can join in one click and no intensive registration is required really helps. Security is no worry. With password protection, the site is completely secure and private, although you do have the option to create a “public” page which serves as an introduction to your organization.
Did I forget to say Qlubb is free? Well, it is! So do your group, and yourself, a favor by joining.