When the idea of online reuse groups was first thought of, Yahoo! Groups provided the perfect solution - free, good format, easy to use (for the times).
Several years later we are still, in the main, using Yahoo! for the basic infrastructure for providing a group to our local communities. Along the way life and technology has moved on, so Freegle has gathered some 'extras' to help run and use the groups.
Edward (Edinburgh) developed a plug in application that works with the Firefox web browser to provide a huge range of tools for moderators of Yahoo Groups to do the job more easily and efficiently.
Edward then went on to provide an application for members of local groups to use to help them get the best out of their group.
The latest application/interface from Edward, this is 'bolted on' to the Yahoo Group to make freegling a much easier and better experience for members.
With permission from members, messages can be republished onto a group Facebook page. Centrally, Freegle runs a Facebook page to generate interest and share good news stories.
Groups can set up a linked Twitter account which, like Facebook, extends the reach of Freegle on the internet and generates more interest and participation.
Launched in July 2012, 8 Freegle groups covering the county of Norfolk and neighbouring Waveney District moved off Yahoo! Groups altogether to their own platform.
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