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Monday, October 5, 2009

Preview #10 - Getting together with Groups

It's been a while since my last preview. Work on AuthorAdvance has been keeping me busy, but I'm taking advantage of a momentary lull to write a little about one of the most powerful features of the new website: Groups.

Groups are simply collections of user who have united around a specific topic or interest. But beneath this simple concept lies a robust way of interacting with other users and sharing information.

A group may be created by any registered user about nearly any topic you can think of. They can be open groups that anyone can join, or members-only groups moderated by an administrator. Each one can hold a forum, events, contests and file uploads. Users may interact with each other within the structure of the group itself, or use the private messaging function to communicate with the whole group at once. You can also easily invite other members via email.

Here's a list of just a few things that you can do with Groups:

  • An online writers' group for your home town, state/province or country
  • Critique groups to workshop your writing
  • An online home for your local writers' group or book club
  • Book-, author- and genre-related groups
  • Online poetry circles
  • Networking and employment opportunities
...and just about anything else you can think of. AuthorAdvance will launch with just a handful of groups, but since any user can create one, it won't take long until there's a group for just about every aspect of the writing world.

That's all for now. I'll post again later this week with a note about launch schedules and the steps we're taking to migrate LitMatch data to the new site. Until then, I need to get back to coding (and you need to get back to writing!)

Christopher Hawkins

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