Truth be told, the current web is strongly focused in social with sharing and collaboration as one of the most sought-after values in a web application. If you like the idea of sharing stuff with friends and co-workers but need just a little more privacy than the offered by apps like Twitter, Facebook and Google what-was-that-name-oh-yeah-plus, read on to discover 5 private social networks that might have gone under your radar.
Although some of the solutions featured here might be deemed as project or task management tools, they are not esentially playing in that field since they don’t focus on things like time management, milestones, wikis, CRM and so on.
The first one is a network based completely around mobile apps with very few tools: group messaging, photo sharing and conference call. But although simple, these tools are enough to start a task, schedule a meeting at a physical location or even start a meeting online. There’s also an Ask a Question feature that can be posted to larger, public networks like Twitter. The app is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, WP7 and even feature phones through SMS.
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Minigroup is a larger web app with several features that put the Pro version close to project management tools. You can create unlimited groups, create events, share any file (with lightbox visualization for images), comment on posts and more. They even have a handy bookmarklet to share any web page on your group. minigroup is a nice alternative to share and collaborate without having to resort to more powerful but complex apps.
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With a name more on the likes of a lightcycle, Blogtronix aims to be a social platform for enterprise. They have Twitter-like microblogging features, Facebook-like real time activity feed where you can post video, images and tag or categorize them. Users can manage documents and share them on specific groups.
This is another social network aimed at corporate use and it includes from microblogging, file upload and sharing to individuals and groups, connection networks, content tagging and further organization and more. They have a slick desktop app and even mobile apps to connect with your peers on the go.
Nextdoor takes your real neighborhood into the clouds by getting you in touch with people who lives next door, or next street if it’s in the same neighborhood. You can post recommendations for people or places, create or see events in your neighborhood and there’s a feature that seems to be a virtual yard sale. Everything keeps private since you have to certify that you actually live in the neighborhood.
One thing that these apps share, with the exception of GroupMe and Nextdoor, is the Facebook interface. It’s not it is bad, but it’s dissapointing to see that nobody really took the time to improve it. Anyway, even Google+ is using a somehow similar interface so what can you expect?