WebGreek Provides Information Management for Greek Life
As we saw in Sean’s post, sometimes communicating with your Greek organization can present its own unique set of challenges. WebGreek is attempting to address them by making an information management suite targeted at Greek organizations.
The service isn’t free–$19/month for under 40 members, $39/month for under 100 members, and $59/month for everyone else–but they seem to be banking on the fact that Greek organizations will pay for ease of use.
Once a group signs up, it gets a chapter page on which users can see a group calendar, links to nationals, uploaded files, or whatever users have added to the public space. WebGreek has a built-in text editor and list maker, as well as plans to add a bill collection feature soon. Each chapter gets 10GB of cloud storage and 20GB of bandwith. Each individual member gets 1GB of storage to do with what they please.
WebGreek provides group calendars accessible by the whole chapter. Events can be set so they’re only visible to a certain set of members (to avoid cluttering others’ calendars), and the calendar is well-organized.
The particularly clever part of the service is that it allows administrators to assign permissions lists to group members. If you want pledges to have access to a limited number of things, or the intramural team to have access to their own calendar, it’s easy to set up. In addition, those who have the power to do so can text blast through the service–either to a pre-picked group (to, for instance, remind the basketball team about a game that day), to a collection of individuals (if you need to ask everyone on the second floor why there’s a dog there now), or to the whole chapter (to remind everyone about a meeting).
Unlike GroupMe, which is focused on collaboration, WebGreek’s text blast setup is focused on informing a large group of people quickly. In a situation where you don’t necessarily want people responding–say, when everyone’s been pre-gaming before the football game–WebGreek is the way to go. The service’s creators seem to hope that the text blast interface will cut down on annoying group emails for Greeks; if used well, it’s entirely possible that it could.
As a secondary feature (either as part of the monthly subscription package or as a standalone service), WebGreek offers web hosting and the use of site templates. Though the templates aren’t amazing looking, they are decently slick, and for an organization without someone who wants to spend their time maintaining a complex website, it’s a decent compromise.
In the end, none of WebGreek’s individual offerings are unique to them. Indeed, the service probably could be replicated with GoogleDocs, GCal, Dropbox, a well-chosen hosting package, and judicious use of a Blackberry’s group texting abilities. However, by using WebGreek, chapters can rest assured that they won’t have to explain to members how to sign up for GoogleDocs and GCal, won’t have to train each new member how to use Dropbox, can track what members are abusing the service or the text blasting feature if needed, and can worry less about maintaining their own services. For the ease-of-use that it provides, WebGreek seems like a viable option for Greek organizations who want to spend less time maintaining their web storage and more time organizing parties.
Readers: Have you used WebGreek or a competing service? Let us know what you thought!