• Social Classifieds Service Oodle Buys Grouply

    In online classifieds, as with any marketplace, the more buyers and sellers a company can bring together, the more listings it can generate. Oodle is about to add 1.6 million groups to its social commerce platform. Oodle is acquiring Grouply in a deal which could be announced as soon as today. Oodle powers social classifieds on Facebook and MySpace. Now, presumably, it will offer classifieds… Read More

  • It's A WinWin, Launches Referral Program For Ning Exiles

    Hoping to cash in further on Ning’s shuttering of its free version, competitor is upping the ante with the launch of “WinWin”, a referral program directly targeting so-called Ning exiles. The service claims to have already migrated more than 50,000 Ning networks, making it the largest “do-it-yourself social networking platform”, and hopes to continue… Read More

  • And Grouply Welcome Ning Refugees

    With yesterday’s news of Ning’s move to eliminate free social networks on its platform, competitors are rushing to emphasize their free offerings for building a social network. Today, Grouply, a startup that’s built around creating and managing online groups from Google and Yahoo Groups, is going to try to make it easy for Ning users to port their groups to… Read More

  • Grouply Rolls Out A More Social And Customizable Version Of Online Groups Platform

    Grouply, a startup that’s built around creating an managing online groups from Google and Yahoo Groups, is launching a more customizable and social version of its service. Launched in 2006, Grouply was one the pioneers of the socialization of groups and essentially lets users combine features of social networks and online groups, incorporating Google and Yahoo Groups products. The… Read More

  • Grouply Claims to Blow Past Ning; Now What?

    Adam Penenberg of Fast Company got lots of well-deserved grief for his cover article about Ning last month, the one that focused on the Andreessen and Bianchini duo’s “viral expansion loops”. The overly simple idea behind those loops is this: members join a service and then invite their friends. Rinse and repeat, and you’ve got exponential growth rates. Things… Read More

  • Grouply Brings A Bit Of Facebook To Yahoo/Google Groups

    Grouply is a startup trying to improve the online “groups” systems (Yahoo/Google Groups) currently used by over 100 million registered users. Their first goal was to create a simple management tool for easily tracking updates across your groups on the two networks. You give Grouply your account credentials and they organize your accounts in a more convenient manner (see our… Read More

  • Grouply Closes $1.3 Million Round

    Online discussion aggregator and management service Grouply has taken $1.3 million in funding from Reid Hoffman, SoftTech VC, Harvard Angels, and Western Technology Investment. Grouply offers a centralized discussion platform that allows users to track and manage their discussions on sites such as Google Groups (coming soon) and Yahoo Groups. To quote Nick from our November 2007 review: … Read More

  • Grouply Gives A Much Needed Upgrade To The "Board Scape"

    Before the days of vampire bites and “social advertising” there were online message boards. In 1999 eGroups had 17 million members when they sold to Yahoo for $432 million in stock. Now they have over 100 million members with an equally large volume of email traded back and forth. Add on top of that users with groups services from Google, AOL, MSN, and the independent forums (around… Read More

  • Wetpaint Combines Discussion Forums With Wikis

    Seattle-based Wetpaint, which launched in June 2006, is a hosted wiki site that focuses on great looking sites and making the user interface as easy as possible. A number of wikis have popped up around popular pop culture stuff, as well as more private sites. Tonight they added new feature that should generate a lot of page views – they have fully integrated a forum/message board into… Read More

  • TechCrunch40: Jeff Clavier Launches $12 Million Venture Fund

    Angel investor and startup advisor Jeff Clavier (pictured with Digg founder Kevin Rose) just announced a new $12 million early stage venture fund today at the TechCrunch40 conference. The new fund will be called SoftTech VC II. Clavier, who has a degree in computer science, has been actively investing in startups over the last few years and has had notable successes such as Truveo (acquired by… Read More