SocialGO is designed to help new and seasoned programmers put together their own, personal social network. The process is intended to be fast and easy, claiming a network can be formed within minutes. Although this do it yourself process may not create the next MySpace or Facebook, it does allow users to form social networks for their own group or organization in need of a new way to connect and communicate.Show more screenshots »
SocialGO was originally founded in 2007 by Alex Halliday, Steve Hardman and Dominic Wheatley. The application was officially released in 2009 as a part of Bright Things PLC. Social Go has enjoyed significant growth since it was originally conceived, with a headquarters in Shoreditch, London as well as a second office in Silicon Valley to help reach out to the application’s quickly expanding North American customer base.
SocialGO is unique because it gives users the capability to quickly and easily create a social network tailored to their group or organization’s needs. A process that might normally require the assistance of a professional programmer can now be done online through SocialGO. This makes social networking more accessible to those who wish to use it, even on a tight budget. Rather than turning to an existing social networking site, users can build their own and manage it the way they want to, including however many or few features they wish. This gives them total control with a format that is easy to use and affordable.
SocialGO has a fun, although professional, logo in black and green. For the most part the website is very easy to navigate and understand. The directions for creating a social network are concise and comprehensive, with a convenient invitation process once the network is created. The only intrusive aspect of the SocialGO website is the live customer assistance pop up box, which appears upon arriving at the website. However, once this box is closed, all else is very eye-catching and navigable.
The registration process for SocialGO is relatively cut and dry. From the homepage, a visitor can begin creating their social network right away. A “Take the Tour” video is offered to help new users. The second area asks for a network name and URL. After filling out those two details, click the green “It’s Free! Click Here” button. New users are then taken to the membership options page. Select one of the three account types (which includes free and paid memberships) to access the layout and design elements. Here, users can select templates and choose positioning for their social networking page. As the user clicks each template, it is displayed to the right. At the top of the page, additional details can be added such as public configurations, a network description and name changes.
SocialGO offers users the flexibility of three account types. The first is a free account. Although it is the most limited and includes advertisements, there is no time limit. The free membership offers 10 GBs of bandwidth and 1 GB of storage. A premium membership costs about $25 per month and upgrades to 5 GBs of storage and 50 GBs of bandwidth. Premium members are also given access to all SocialGO features except network setup and design services and priority support. Member billing and white label (which removes all references to SocialGO) cost an additional $20 each. The most inclusive Social Go membership is the top level concierge membership. For about $150 a month, users can access all features; utilize 10 GBs of storage and 100 GBs of bandwidth. The concierge account also includes priority support assistance and the ability to utilize the white label feature.
Anyone who is in need of connecting with a number of other people can fall in love with SocialGO. The three membership options make the application accessible to anyone, from the average user to those responsible for large scale organizations or groups. Small business owners with a tight budget can also use SocialGO to connect with clients or employees without spending more than they can afford. Network creation is also simple, so there is no need for professional assistance when putting together a basic social networking site.