Tools At A Glance

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 Use this tool if


 Important features




you want to upload content frequently and have new posts always at the top of your website.     limited number of templates available. WYSIWYG editor, video tutorials, mobile and email posting  Free


see above.     dashboard is complicated-looking, number of features could be overwhelming WYSIWYG editor, integrated calendar and polling tools.  Free*

Google Docs

you want a collaborative space for all community members to participate in. group participation required to be successful. easy way for members to share information and easy to navigate.  Free*


 see above.     number of features could be overwhelming to new user.  "More than just a wiki." easily iterated bloggin tool, easy to embed google gadgets, youtube videos, and flicker photos  Free*


you want the above, with social networking capabilities. used mostly for like-minded groups; cat-lovers, tri-athletes, moms.  unique member profiles, visually appealing, photos and videos, chat.      Free*

Google sites


you need an easy tool to update a calendar and post images and text. very basic layout, only works well with other google products, gadgets integrates with google calendar, easy to edit.  Free

Neighborhood Link


see above. very basic layout.  very simple to use. If you can send an email, you can add information, join discussions, add photos, and upload documents to your website.  Free
Social Networking


you want an easy place to post information and the people you want to reach have FB accounts Facebook pages have standard layout, you can only reach people with Facebook accounts. allows you to easily send information to Facebook members who are part of  your "group", no web skills necessary, tweeting.       Free


you want an easy place to post information within identified neighborhood Nextdoor posts have standard layout, you can only reach residents with Nextdoor accounts.  private social media site where all neighbors are verified.


you want to post short, frequent updates ("tweets") to your "followers."  requires "followers" to be useful, should not be primary web tool. easy way to send community updates, without requiring a lot of your time or mass emails, you can tweet it.   Free