This application/interface from Edward 'was devised as a bolt on' to a Yahoo Group to make freegling a much easier and better experience for members.
The latest version now provides the option to host groups directly on the national website, which provides less complications and a much easier to use facility for members and volunteers. As this is now available the support for integrating Yahoo Groups was voted at the AGM in 2017 to be dropped. The deadline for disengaging with Yahoo is the end of September 2018.
ModTools helps you moderate Freegle or other reuse groups hosted on Yahoo! Groups and Freegle Direct. It can also be used to moderate other Yahoo Groups. ModTools is also available as an app which is simultaneously updated and available for Android and Apple tablets and mobiles.
A Freegle App is available for group members on Apple and Android.
With permission from members, individual messages can be republished onto a group Facebook page. Centrally, Freegle runs a Facebook page to generate interest and share good news stories. This can easily be shared to group pages via Modtools.
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.
Penrith and Eden Freegle group joined together with other local organisations to deliver a project in their area, funded by a Big Lottery grant. The Grow Your Own project ran from Feb 2013 to Oct 2015.
Edward previously provided an application for members of Yahoo local groups to use to help them get the best out of their group. But unfortunately, he didn't get any offers of support to keep it running. It has now been withdrawn, but Freegle Direct provides a more integrated and simple solution for members.
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 dropping using Yahoo. Along the way life and technology has moved on, so Freegle has built it's own platform - Freegle Direct - to provide a 'Yahoo free' option of hosting groups. Our support for Yahoo Groups for local Freegle groups ends in September 2018.
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