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Bringing the Real-World Together

Published 11/09/2012 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for? is a social network that aims to make connecting to one's community an easier task. Nowadays it can be difficult to find new friends or make connections within one's own neighborhood. has arranged for different local groups or interest groups where users can congregate online. Some of the groups include: Burning Man, Makeup & Hair, Healthy Food, DIY and more. Users can search for communities by keywords via the app's homepage. Some keyword examples that the site gives include poker, san francisco restaurants, underground hip hop and more. When users enter into a new community they will see a board full of posts and also a lit of active members in the community. Users can choose to join the tribe or to bookmark it. Once in a thread and once a user joins a tribe they can then comment on the content or contribute to the tribe. . screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Tribe was founded in 2003 by Marc Pincus and is based in California, USA. The company was purchased by Cisco in 2007 for an undisclosed sum. Cisco also acquired a number of other social networking companies which makes it a fairly big contender in the social networking market. As of July 2012, has over 80,000 free, member-created groups for almost any interest.

What are the differences to other apps?

Although Tribe is similar to other social networking sites it differs because users are able to create their own groups of people that are known as tribes. In essence they are able to create their own miniature social networks within the site. This means that likeminded people can all participate in one community. Tribe's biggest differentiation is the vast number of and variety of different tribes that it hosts on its site.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Tribe is a bit different from other communities, as it is a cluster of many other communities and users need to join one or create one in order to interact with others. While other social platforms include a profile page and are driven by individuals, Tribe is fueled by the interactions of people within groups. Overall, the site functioned as it should and there were no bugs discovered on it during the review. The only issue was that the site stalled at times, but this was not often.

How does the registration process work?

Signing up for an account at tribe doesn’t take very long at all. Users can join by clicking the Join now button located on the top of the site. The registration process requires a user to provide their first name, email, password, postal code, birthday, gender and interests. New users will also need to accept the site's terms of use and their privacy policy in order to complete the setup.

What does it cost to use the application?

Tribe is a free service, supported completely by advertising revenue.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Tribe could be useful anyone that has a very specific hobby and wants to meet new likeminded people. The specific groups hosted on the site are so vast and so many that really anyone of any interest could find their niche here.

  • Join communities based on locale or interest
  • Meet new people
  • Share photos and other content
  • Participate in a small targeted community

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