Minigroup provides users with a place to create a web based group. Groups consist of private content posted to a page. The user can add messages, video, music and embed photographs and images. Group pages can be used to share files and schedule group related events and activities. The user can invite group members, including those who are already in other groups and those that are not. Group members can access an activity feed on their group page to stay on top of recent developments and updates. All content is private and presented only to members of the group. Minigroup is very flexible in terms of size. A group can consist of a single person or as many as 150 individuals. The site does not limit how many groups a user can set up. Group members cannot see what groups each user belongs to, adding another layer of privacy not usually available on large social networking websites.
Minigroup’s public beta went live on March 31st, 2011. The application is still in beta. The initial release included event scheduling tools as well as mobile website accessibility. The application continued to improve its offerings by growing its feature list. Safari browser users experienced issues which were promptly addressed by the Minigroup team in April of 2011. Recent developments include the addition of a tagging system.
Minigroup allows users to build a secure, private group of almost any size. Although many of the features offered by Minigroup are available on most popular social networking websites, the application offers a more personalized service. Rather than making content visible to many, Minigroup ensures that each member’s privacy is maintained. Users can only see what is posted to their groups and cannot see which groups their fellow members belong to. Users never have to weed out unwelcome strangers and can share documents and information with confidence.
A group page on Minigroup looks very professional. There is no clutter and the user can add a color logo which appears in the upper, left hand corner of the page. Along the center, each group member can access three tabs The tabs include activity, my posts and files headers. The user can toggle between each to sort through the content or enter a keyword into the search tool positioned to the right of the tabs. Links along the left hand side allow the user to edit or delete their group profile. Account tabs are found at the very top of the page so the user can jump from one group to another and access contacts and notifications.
A new user can join the Minigroup community by clicking the green and white “Sign Up Today. It’s Free.” button found along the left hand side of the homepage. A pop up box appears and asks the user for their real first and last name, an email address, time zone and password. A small box is automatically checked at the bottom of the form to sign the user up for Minigroup update emails. The user must manually uncheck the box to opt out of emails.
Minigroup is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees or other expenses associated with the application. All users are given the same level of access and can create as many groups as they like. The application is still in beta, so it is possible that a fee may be added later on.
Minigroup.com is a great tool for anyone who manages a group of people. Groups could range from clubs, organizations or a simple collection of friends. Users can stay on top of important events, share files, images and videos and converse through Minigroups.