Lots of posts about CollectiveX Groupsites, but I don’t see how this is different to Google Groups, what am I missing here…you have a profile page and you can join many groups, I guess it’s a little more networked than Google Groups, and looks better.
Google Groups has discussion forum, files and pages (create webpages for the group)…GROU.PS is similar.
CollectiveX has forums, files, media and a calendar (also batch messages blasts)…I do like the front page of a group, split up into events, discussions, headlines and recent group activity (kind of like the Facebook news Feed)…and you can get a feed for each of the 4 sections.
NOTE: Headlines are just another discussion forum.
So you can view profiles and send a message, but that’s it, you don’t get your own your own blog, you can’t add friends (well if you are in a group why would you want to add friends…but what if that group has 500 people?)
When you join a Ning group (eg. Mowser) you get a user space, you can message people, add friends, and you get a blog, and you can also post to the group forum. So your user space, among other things has your latest posts, and your latest forum posts and replies…not sure if it has my latest comments on other users blog posts.
I think Facebook is still ahead here as you have your own space in a social network, where you have your own media and blog, you can add friends and all that stuff. But then you can also join a group and have all the benefits that Collective X offers.
Only thing about Facebook is that you can’t view posts you make in groups in your own user space, and the other thing is you can’t send one of your personal blog posts to appear at the group page as well.
I mentioned all this in my post on Clearspace.
Another thing I also mentioned in my Clearspace post is that groups are limiting, we need our own soapbox as well, what if I want to collaborate with a few users across different CollectiveX groups, on-the-fly collaboration.
Here is the CollectiveX Champions group…I guess it’s more of a Community of Practice, with a few networking features.