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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.

Catchafire: Using Skills For Good Causes

In the past, people may have learned about volunteer opportunities within their social circles, but Catchafire gives us the ability to scope out projects that would benefit the most from our skills.

Here’s how it works: When you register for the website, you create a profile that focuses on your experiences, skill set, amount of time you can devote and passions. Then, Catchafire takes your responses and shows opportunities from organizations with the best fit. For example, if you have experience with public relations, Catchafire may match you with groups looking for someone to write press releases. Or if you have an accounting background, you may be matched with groups looking for assistance managing their budgets. Applicants connect with groups after Catchafire helps with the introduction.

In a sense, this service is a contract job board for non-profits, without the salary. Roles and responsibilities are listed in advance so both parties know what is expected before signing on.