Grouply Launches Social Groups, Enables "Extreme Makeover" for Google and Yahoo! Groups

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* Grouply helps you create and join social groups around your interests and passions. * New social features, full customization, and monetization capabilities let group owners build vibrant community websites for their groups. * With one click, owners of Google and Yahoo! Groups can transform their Group website into a modern, social hub for their members.

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Grouply transforms Yahoo! and Google Groups into vibrant social groups with no disruption to your groups.

Grouply -- the company that helps you create, manage, promote and monetize a social group -- has launched a new version of its popular, free service. An extensive set of new features allows the millions of people who use Google Groups and Yahoo! Groups to get more out of their existing groups and makes the power of social groups available to anyone who wants to create an online group -- even people who don't already use Google or Yahoo! Groups.

The new features of Grouply are of particular interest to current administrators of Google and Yahoo! Groups who can now give their groups an 'extreme makeover' and transform the outdated appearance of any Google or Yahoo! Group into a modern, professional-looking website that can be completely customized to reflect the needs and interests of their Group. At no cost, Grouply gives Group owners a host of powerful features; with no programming required, they can use Grouply to:

  • Provide their Group with a professional-looking website, using either built-in themes or a custom identity.
  • Reinvigorate a Group by adding rich media, powerful applications, social activity feeds, and dynamic lists and charts.
  • Grow their Group through search-engine optimization (SEO), placement in a public group directory and direct promotion to Grouply users.
  • Monetize groups by running ads and collecting membership fees, donations and event fees.
  • Save time managing the Group and gain useful insights into Group dynamics via analytics.

Grouply has enabled Eric Snyder to build the community site he has always wanted for FullCircles Ottawa. Created on Yahoo! Groups in 2004, FullCircles Ottawa was originally a basic email list that allowed residents of Ottawa, Canada to exchange used goods with each other instead of throwing them away. But Eric always felt that group could be so much more. "Grouply has enabled me to break free from the constraints of Yahoo! Groups. I embedded educational videos in my site on Grouply, created over 20 pages of content related to recycling and the environment, and applied a new grassroots theme and color scheme that visually communicates our objectives. Grouply's analytics have made it much easier for me to monitor activities on this very busy group. My simple email list has been transformed into a modern, media-rich website that is more engaging, informative, and fun."

"Social networking sites have redefined how we interact on the Web, but the millions of people who use Yahoo! and Google Groups have been stuck with a 'last-century' look and a limited set of features," said Mark Robins, CEO and co-founder of Grouply. "Owners of these groups have a dilemma -- either they live with the limitations of an outdated technology, or they face the complex and disruptive task of convincing group members to move to something better. Grouply offers an elegant way to automatically transform Yahoo! and Google Groups into vibrant social groups with no migration required."

Where to find Grouply around the Web:
Grouply blog: blog.grouply.com
Grouply YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/grouply
Grouply on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grouply/169373559827
Follow Grouply on Twitter: @grouply

About Grouply:
Grouply is pioneering the "social group" -- a new type of online community that combines the best features of social networks and online groups. Social groups offer the social interactivity, media sharing, and modern design of social networking sites like Facebook; and the rich discussions, popular email interface, and people-discovery opportunities found in traditional online group systems like Yahoo! Groups. With Grouply, you can create a new social group about anything you like or join a social group and connect with others who share your interests and passions. Existing Google and Yahoo! Groups get an "extreme makeover" on Grouply; each gets a modern, professional, fully customizable website that automatically interoperates with Google and Yahoo! Groups. Grouply was founded in 2006 and is funded by O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, SoftTech VC and prominent angel investors including Reid Hoffman. http://www.grouply.com .

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