CollectiveX Revamps Web Service; 382 Schools Participate in 'Groupsites'


CollectiveX, a Web site introduced about 18 months ago, has been revamped to include new features, including drag-and-drop content modules, a redesigned user-interface, and group blogging.

The social collaboration and networking tool allows individuals and organizations to create social or professional "collaboration communities," called "groupsites," with privacy and branding control and with little or no cost. Unlike social sites that focus on the individual, Groupsites are group-centric and provide the ability for people to make changes collectively.

According to blogger David Coleman, the new edition of the site, which was shown at TechCrunch50, involves a change to the page size and layout, as well as inclusion of widgets to the groupsites.

Setting up a groupsite involves supplying a unique name for the group; designating a Web address (which will be added to the domain); and specifying whether it's private, limited or public in nature.

Along with creating groupsites for social and professional purposes, people have also set them up as intranets, alumni networks, company workgroups, and member communities. The company claims that nearly 20,000 groupsites are in use currently. About 6,200 of those are public, and 382 groups fall into the schools/education category.

The company charges fees for an "enterprise" edition and other upgrades, including extra storage.

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