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Sponduu: Meet Locals For Group Events

Sponduu is a new social network designed to match you with people in your area with similar interests. Maybe your friends don’t like the symphony, or basketball, or playing hockey, or comedy shows. Sponduu connects you with people who do.

Once you create an account and punch in your zip code, Sponduu shows the Bulletin Board, which contains activities started by other members (or “Sponduuers”). Click on any activity to view the details, how many people can accept, and which members have already accepted. Actually coordinating the event takes place between whoever accepts.

The service also works well with your core group of friends. You can create groups and specify who to invite. After all available spots are filled, it disappears from everyone else’s Bulletin Board. Non-profits can use Sponduu to recruit volunteers as well.

Creating a new activity is a simple one-page form. Activities make up a very long list in a drop-down menu. They were also kind enough to add in an Other option for the truly adventurous. Give a name, date and description, and specify how many people can attend and whether the event should be open to all. Your new listing appears in the Bulletin Board.

Sponduu has a native iPhone app available in the App Store. It’s everything you’d expect. Android and WAP versions are coming soon.

Sponduu is in its very early stages of growth. The site is clean and functional, and people appear to be posting their events. At the moment, the founders are soliciting requests from partners as part of a version 2.0 launch in 2011. Could it be something like Groupon with more of a focus toward meet-ups? We’re definitely curious to see.

Planely: How Business Travelers Connect

LinkedIn and Hashable may be great ways to meet online, but Planely looks to be another way to meet in person.

Planely is a web service for business travelers that allows anyone to connect with people on the same flight. After creating an account, users add flights to their profiles. Specify the date, departing airport and destination, and Planely tracks down your flight number. You can also optionally add a comment, such as the type of people you would be interested in meeting.

Your matches page shows who has checked into Planely, grouped by flight, as well as other Planely members who will be flying from the same airports. Once you find someone, click “Contact” to fill out a form. From there, communication is handled by email.

We weren’t able to find any matches on our flights, so we’re likely looking at a social network in its very early stages. The largest hurdle for Planely is to win the trust of weekly business travelers and power networkers.

RainMaker: Donate as Easily as a Tweet

It’s becoming easier and easier to donate online. The next step in the evolution is RainMaker, which lets you donate using nothing more than a tweet.

After linking your Twitter and PayPal accounts to your RainMaker account, donate by sending a quick tweet with a dollar amount, a cause and RainMaker’s Twitter handle. Something like, “#redcross is doing wonderful things, so I’m giving $20 through @rainmakerapp” does just well. As long as you include the three parts, you don’t need to stick to any format. Your donation is transferred from PayPal to RainMaker within a few hours.

Each cause is given their own page on the network, complete with a progress bar and a feed of other Twitter users supporting them.

Donating to a cause is great, but the real power in RainMaker is helping causes get their messages to mass audiences. Each time you tweet a donation, all of your Twitter followers see it. Additionally, you can also setup a fundraising goal for yourself to encourage your followers to donate. It’s the perfect way to organize a mini Twitterthon on your own. RainMaker tracks performance on your user page.

RainMaker was produced by Company 52 and led by Michael Poythress, Jonathon Hill, Matt Blackwell and Paul Jones.

Editor’s note: For those keeping track at home, we recently profiled another app called Rainmaker, which helps organize your Google contacts. These two apps are completely separate from one another.

Path: Separate Friends From Frienemies

When Facebook announced email yesterday, it gave us a chance to remember how the social graph has changed relationships. If anything, Facebook has changed the definition of a friend. We no longer use the word acquaintance. Instead, we have friends, frienemies and BFFs. On Facebook, we may have thousands of “friends.”

Path launched yesterday as a new social network in an iPhone app. But what distinguishes Path from all other networks is that a user cannot have more than fifty people in their personal network. Choose your friends carefully.

The service focuses on what’s happening right now. At the moment, the only way to communicate through Path is by taking and uploading photos. It knows that a close group of friends share experiences, values and inside jokes. So when you share a photo with your closest friends, you may not necessarily need to post separately as text.

Path is watching how people use the service closely, and it will almost certainly add more features (like the ability to share text). Don’t look at this as an iPhone network either, since the service is working on apps for more devices. Even with improvements, it has committed to retaining its friend limits per profile.

Miso: Check In To Your Favorite Shows

It’s fall, which means networks are airing new episodes each week. It’s also sweeps, which means primetime TV actually means something.

Miso is a community created for the love for television. Create an account (in less than five seconds), and begin checking in to your favorite shows. The site is set up so each show has its own fan page. When you come across a show you like, check in, leave a comment, or share a link to join the conversation with other fans. Miso extends beyond shows, too. After a quick search, we came across movies and sports teams and leagues.

The service has recruited a dedicated community. Shows like Conan and Glee have more than three thousand members, and you see a new person check in to these pages every few minutes.

Different actions on the site are rewarded with badges. They don’t keep a list of what’s required to earn each badge, just to keep things interesting. And badges are unique to what’s popular now, like the Vampire badge or the Sci-Fi badge that reads, “You secretly wished you lived in an alternate universe – a universe in which Firefly had never been canceled.” These people love TV, and they’ve been paying attention.

If you don’t feel like checking in on your computer, Miso offers iPhone, iPad and Android apps. The apps look good.

Miso grasps a really important concept on why we watch TV. Even with DVRs and Tivos making their way into our living rooms, we still watch shows that same night. After all, we want to be part of the conversation the next morning when our friends and coworkers talk about what happened. Miso tells us we don’t have to wait until the next day.

Jume: The Social To-Do List

Many popular online to-do lists capture the day-to-day activities we need to accomplish. Jume is a to-do list that lets us focus on what’s really important.

Here’s what makes Jume so unique. Instead of creating a to-do list for your eyes only, Jume to-dos are shared with the rest of their community. From there, other members can comment on to-dos, offer a helping hand, or motivate by clicking the “like” link. We don’t see items like, “Email So-and-So with directions to event.” Instead, we see the aspirational to-dos that may never make our lists, like “Learn oil painting”, “Buy a brand new motorcycle” or “Look for a bride for my brother”. Realistically, aren’t these goals more significant than anything on our lists at the moment?

What’s really surprising is that similar minds offer their suggestions. In one example, a user posted “Find a college for my MBA”, and another user replied with a list of the top ranked schools in the US. How supportive.

To use Juma, just type in your to-do and login through your Facebook or Google account. From there, you join the constantly updating feed with others.

The community is still young, but we like what we’ve seen so far. Why not join and help it grow?

Phile: Online Community on Your Terms

Popular blogging software and apps make it a snap for anyone to post their thoughts online. What we’re now seeing become more popular are sophisticated web tools allowing anyone to quickly launch their own social network. Phile, which launched yesterday, is a social network and resource grown from your needs.

For years, Ning has owned this space as people create their own special interest groups. Phile offers a slightly different benefit. While people can communicate on both services, Phile seems to excel in creating a place where content can be added and stored, like restaurant reviews. Ultimately, the goal is to offer a useful resource for visitors.

When you start a new group, you name it and a create a “stack”, which is like a category or page to house your content. From there, it’s pretty simple to expand. When you pull up your stack, you can add fields and forms of every type. Checkboxes, pull-downs or even more crucial options like business hours, comment areas and rating bars are available. You specify what you want included, and your users can fill out forms to add new content.

With a site like Phile, anyone can create interest-focused Yelp or Wiki-like sites within a few minutes. If content can be stored in a directory, it can easily live on Phile. Take a look at the walkthrough below:

Untappd: An App for “Social” Drinkers

We can’t exactly pinpoint why, but we noticed 2010 brought more than a handful of web apps allowing users to rate and share different beers. It could be part of a cultural shift we’ve seen over the last two years. Since 2008, microbreweries began proliferating across the US, and microbrews grew in popularity as people looked for more variety in their beer. Whenever we see changes like these occur, we also see the web react accordingly. Back in 2005, you may remember the launch of the wine enthusiast social network Cork’d, which premiered with plenty of praise. So why can’t beer drinkers have their own space? Untappd proves they can.

With Untappd, users update with the name of the brew they happen to be drinking and the location. Clicking on any beer shows who else is drinking it. Clicking on any location shows who else has checked in at that spot and what they drank. If you find someone with similar tastes, you’re sure to find plenty of new suggestions.

As they get to work on the native mobile apps, they made sure to optimize Untappd to work well on just about any modern mobile device. Seriously, though, don’t wait for the native apps to get started on the community. The WAP site looks great.

At the moment, there aren’t any ads on Untappd. They seem to be looking for beer distributors and different venues to begin sponsorships. Based on the audience of Untappd, they’re sure to find plenty of engaged customers.

What makes Untappd fun is that they left a lot to uncover. Completing different tasks earns badges, and they don’t list the steps to hit every badge. Instead, it’s up to you to enjoy the app and be rewarded for your actions. Our favorite feature is their tagline. After all, any social network with the tagline “drink socially” is awesome.

Seeking Funding: Open Science Tracker, Appleseed

Mini Sprout focuses on helping young websites grow. Even if companies don’t have a website, we’re looking to help new organizations launch. Seeking Funding is a category dedicated to promoting new business concepts. Websites featured in this section are in the process of seeking seed funding and backers.

Open Science Tracker, Seeking $1,000

People already use BitTorrent to transfer popular media and large data files. With a bit of focus, we can use that same power to share scientific data and knowledge. Open Science Tracker is a Kickstarter project looking to get scientific data into the hands of anyone with an internet connection. By expanding the access to real data, we would be able to inspire new generations of scientists or allow hobbyists to try to tackle some of the world’s most difficult problems. Visit Open Science Tracker.

Appleseed, Seeking $10,000

Appleseed is a free open source social networking platform anyone may download and use. The service works on a standard LAMP server (in other words, it will work with every popular web hosting provider). Already, the script is being used across 100 websites. The organization is seeking funding through IndieGoGo in order to focus full-time on preparing for a full-time release that will offer features similar to Facebook. Visit Appleseed.

Micromobs: Fun, Modern Group Messaging

micromobs allows anyone to instantly create an online group discussion for your friends. The service creates an environment where everyone feels free to join the conversation.

When someone uses micromobs to create a new group, or “mob”, they choose the topic, who to invite and whether or not to make the mob public to outside viewers. Then, people are able to post in the mob in a format similar to tweets or Facebook’s wall. In fact, you can reference people using the @ symbol, and each mob begins showing its own trending topics.

The site’s branding nailed the idea that everyone who creates a mob has different needs and uses. As a result, mobs are applicable to any group: foodies can create a mob dedicated to sharing their favorite recipes, students can create mobs dedicated to particular classes, organizations can create mobs and sub-mobs to handle different department needs, and friends can post travel itinerary and flight details for group vacations. The applications are endless. As long as friends are looking for a way to communicate online easily, micromobs will be able to foster the conversation.

micromobs seems to form an interesting balance. By design, mobs are supposed to be small, almost tribe-like, where everyone has a voice and every opinion is respected. But, mobs can also be public, viewable by the entire web where anyone can participate. Rarely do we see the private and public spheres intersect so well.