Private groups and other enhancements

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Private groups are here!  We just released them along with several enhancements to the existing group features on ActiveRain.  The three main improvements were, the addition of private groups, the ability to invite members to a group, and categories to help people find groups to join.  Details on all of these below...

Private Groups

Private groups are groups that are only accessible to members of that group.  New members must either be approved or invited by the group administrator(s) before they are granted access to view the messages in the group or post.  For example you might want to create a private group for your office, your company, or your group of friends.

Creating a Private Group

You can create a private group in much the same way you create a normal group and you can also change a existing public group to make it private.

When someone who is not a member visits a private group they get the following message

  

If they request to join the group the request goes to the administrator(s) ActiveRain Inbox and to their email notifying them a new member wants in. 

When a members application is approved or rejected they are also notified in their inbox and via email. 

One key difference with the private groups is unlike existing groups, blog posts can not be added as posts within the group for reasons of commentor privacy. 

Invitations to Groups

The second key enhancement to groups is members can now send invitations to other ActiveRain members to join the group. 

           

If you don't know a persons user-name it is visible on the top of their profile or displayed in the profile search.

Group Catagories

We also added the ability to groups to be categorized allowing them to be found easier.  There are about 20 categories ranging from "General - Market", to "Companies - Real Estate", to "Regional - NW US"  If you are a group administrator you can easily edit your group and put it in an appropriate category to help it be found.

Browsing groups "General - Blogging"

 

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Fact that Susan.

 And feel free to join my group :^)  It's not a Private Country Club... fo fees, no 'jackets required' for men and skirts below the knee for women.

May 26, 2007 02:26 PM
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Nima Rezvan
First Time Home Buyer Expert - CT FHA Loans - FHA 203k - CT Mortgage
Nima Rezvan Prospect Mortgage NMLS#110681

Good morning Active Rain and Matt,

I just made a group of mine Private but now I want to make it public again and it won't switch back.  I will also send you an email as well. 

Your Active Rain Mortgage Man,

Nima Rezvan

May 29, 2007 08:31 AM
Rainer
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Timothy Schwartz
Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie

http://activerain.com/groups/wordoftheday is not private and is open to anyone who wishes to expand their vocabulary.

 

May 29, 2007 12:53 PM
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Margaret Woda
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114
'Seems to me that this would be perfect for an office to communicate within...
June 12, 2007 10:47 AM
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Lucky Lang
SRES, Davenport, Iowa Real Estate
Mel Foster Co.

Who are these wackos that keep spamming dozens of blogs on AR?  They even have the stupidity to spam AR's Official Blog?  :)

I say we find them, skin them, and hang them with their "bachelor of arts degrees"!

What do you think, AR?

Lucky :)

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