What's a good small-group organisation system?
July 17, 2013 12:24 AM   Subscribe

I have a group of friends with whom I'd like to organise miscellaneous stuff, mostly various different conversations but potentially also the usual complement of files, todo lists, and photos. At the moment we have one massive email thread that everyone replies to, but there must be a better way to keep multiple conversations going at once!

Useful features:
  • Conversing -- in my mind this would be forum-style but I'm open to other options. It should have more than one thread, and make it easy to start/reply to them.
  • Email integration -- at least emailing for notifications.
  • Login -- ideally via Google or similar.
Things I've thought of which would kind of work, but aren't nice:
  • Private Facebook group -- not all of us use Facebook, but even if we did it's hard to keep conversation going in comments.
  • Emails and tags up the wazoo -- organisationally suboptimal.
  • Host my own phpBB -- can do, but it's a bit of a pain.
I have a vague memory from many years ago of being able to set up a private google apps page and have a shared homepage with its own calendar etc. Looks like Apps doesn't do this anymore, though, but I'm hoping there's some cute startup out there with a name like homepagr that will set one of these up quickly.

Any thoughts?
posted by katrielalex to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: My friends and I use google groups for this. You can setup a shared calendar that everyone in the group can see and edit. Same thing for google docs. The group messages can be read through email or like a message board. There's an archive and we can use hangouts. It works pretty well..
posted by Arbac at 12:59 AM on July 17, 2013

I'm in a group that uses Groupsite.
posted by AnnaRat at 1:25 AM on July 17, 2013

I haven't tried it yet so I can't personally recommend it but I was looking at Igloo the other day and thought it had a nice set of features. It's free for up to 10 users so if that is the size of your friend group there would be no cost in giving it a try.
posted by mikepop at 5:07 AM on July 17, 2013

Best answer: Glassboard does all of this. It's free and very, very easy to use.
posted by kate blank at 5:12 AM on July 17, 2013

Yeah, I also came here to say Glassboard. Add Dropbox for files and pictures and you're set.
posted by clavicle at 5:33 AM on July 17, 2013

My posse and I use groupme for communication (texting with notifications), dropbox and/or google docs
posted by bleucube at 5:47 AM on July 17, 2013

Response by poster: Thanks folks -- I'd thought google groups was just a Usenet mirror but looks like it's more than that. Glassboard also looks cool.
posted by katrielalex at 7:13 AM on July 17, 2013

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