Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Here we go...

We have completed our first month alpha.

We have learned much. We still have a long way to go, but in general this is a really exciting time for all of us at Gatheroo. We have 55 groups from 13 states.

From the DFL Links to the Orange County Goths we welcome you all. Tell your friends and be sure to let us know what we can do to help your groups grow and succeed.

I am in the process of scoping out phase II of our development, which will take us into beta. We will continue to flesh out the features in Groups and Members. We will definitely develop host email and install email based discussion groups. Additionally, we are working on a few of the "nice-to-haves," which are the elemenets in a site that really create community. One of the most interesting things about Gatheroo, is the content that people create and share - lists, photos, documents, events, profiles. I want to create much more accessible indexes to allow people to browse content and find areas of shared interest more easily.

Some of our future development will be driven by the season - campaign season that is. One of our business goals is to be able to fuel the organic growth of grassroots organizations by allowing them to easily create hierarchical, connected, networks of groups. We call these group families. That development is being driven by some customers, which will keep all the groovy free stuff free. With any luck, you should see one or two group families appear soon. (If you want to form a group family let us know and we will honor you with a PowerPoint.)



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