Best tools for first time community builders?

Twitter is a great place to find opinions on business and marketing tools that work and those that may be out of favour.

Obviously it does depend on the user case but reading tweet based opinions can be very informative.

Here is Sam Parr, CEO of The Hustle’s thoughts on whether Slack is a good fit for first time community builders.

As is usual with Twitter people are not slow to come through with their thoughts on a subject, so what solutions do people think are the best options for building communities?

Sam believes Facebook is the go to tool for this, but opinion is divided not on the functionality but the privacy issues and the fact that you have very little control over your data.

@Evanhynes_ summarises his issues with Facebook well in his response –

So what other tools get a mention as being an option?

Discord gets a few mentions but if seems that it also suffers from the same Facebook issues highlighted by @Evanhynes_ above.

Brandable solutions include Circle (@CircleApp) and Might Networks (@MightyNetworks) were mentioned, but again you don’t own the data as it is still hosted by a third party.

We will be looking a these applications separately in the future.

To totally own your data you would need to look at WordPress plugins (if you use a WordPress website) such as Ultimate Member, PeepSo or BuddyPress.

Other research sources

https://www.g2.com/categories/online-community-management

https://www.trustradius.com/community-platforms


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