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By Richard
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About this project

Suroby is a simple to use community networking tool.  The groups function on this site, instead of being tailored to specific interests, is set up for locations.  The pages are built in a hierarchy.  World, country, State, County, City.  Currently The United States is the only country.  Under USA Vermont is set up.  Beneath Vermont are all of the counties and beneath each county respectively is each city, town and village.

By clicking on "Locations" in the top bar you will be brought to the groups listings page where the hierarchy pull down is available.  Or you can search for the location in the search bar on the right.  By default the order is set by most active, changing to alphabetical may be easier to find what you are looking for.

Once you have found the location you are looking for you can either click on the name or click join group.  If you click join group you will still need to click the name to enter the page. 

 

Clicking the page name first will give you the option to join inside.

You can make postings in the group without joining, joining will give you notifications and allow you to subscribe to an email update function where you can choose between daily, weekly, new topics, or all activity updates. 

Each City page is visible to everyone is free use.  The County, State and Country are restricted to a paid membership. 

  Postings in the activity feed of a higher level page will result in the posting being visible to each page beneath it.  So for instance posting in Chittenden County will result in a posting being visible to all users in Bolton, Charlotte, Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, Hinesburg, Huntington, Jericho, Milton, Richmond, Shelburne, St George, Underhill, Westford and Williston. Here you can see I made a post in the World page.

And here you can see that same post is visible in the Hinesburg, Vt page.

  This can possibly generate a lot of postings in a given feed so each page also has a forums for that page specific topics. 

  The purpose of setting it up this way is to give users the ability to spread the word about events, accidents, road closures, town notices, construction, Amber alerts, yard sales, business's, help wanted, looking for jobs, fund raisers.  Basically, anything you would want to let people know about that is not related to the "Hey look at me" theme of Facebook, Twitter Snap Chat and most of the other big name social networking sites.  Which is why I am calling it a community networking site.  

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges

Expansion:
Once the user base begins to grow the server space required to host the site will need to increase. I will be looking to migrate the site to a scalable hosting.

Attracting users:
Using the "build it and they will come" marketing strategy does not work very well. I need to make the site visible. Facebook ads is helping but I am finding it is attracting people to the facebook page rather than the website. The few users it has attracted to the site have been fake accounts. Some of the money raised will go towards better advertising.
I have also incorporated an affiliate system allowing users to refer others. Anyone who refers someone that becomes a paying member will receive 10% of the referred users monthly membership fee as long as that member chooses to pay for membership.

Mobile friendly:
Right now the site is responsive but it is not in an app form. Getting this set up for both ios and android and having it in the app store and google play will make it easier for people to find and use it.
Expanding the sites pages:
The individual pages are created manually. In order to expand to cover the entire country and possibly more I will need to bring on some help. Hiring moderators will give me the help I need to achieve this as well as help keep the pages from getting overwhelmed with spam.

Distributing rewards:
Kickstarter requires a rewards distribution date so I have set the distribution date for December 2018. My goal is to issue the rewards as the pages corresponding to the donators locations are created. This may result in some rewards being distributed before others.
The site is currently live and free to use once registered. Once the reward has been distributed to the donators their accounts will be set up with the appropriate membership level and expiration date.

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