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Tools for Groups
Groups use tools to organize activities, host conversations, connect people, & engage both members and the world. The choice of tools is driven by your group’s goals, membership, & preferences.
There is a constellation of tools available to support group activity. The keys are to grow organically, keep things simple, and connect activity and data as much as you're able to.
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Some community tools span all of these categories. For example, Facebook has a connected toolset that enables event planning and marketing, connected to community conversations within Facebook Groups. Meanwhile, Google Groups focus on e-mail listservs, member management, and permissioning on documents, drives, and websites.
The Autodesk Group Network has a Meetup Pro account, which provides Meetup.com for any group within the network at no cost to your group. When the Group Network was founded in 2019, many existing user groups were already using Meetup. It’s a great tool for local groups that host regular meetings.
Meetup is an event planning, hosting, and marketing tool that can also serve as a basic website for your group.