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Walking the Streets of Cobblestone

posted by Drew Goodmanson on October 28, 2009 in Company

Small Screenshot of 3 Cobblestone

Media Salt takes a look at Cobblestone and writes the following:

If you’re a frequent Media Salt reader, you may remember me mentioning the Cobblestone Community Network in my post from last Wednesday. Over the last week, I’ve dug a little deeper into some of the groups solutions available out there and decided that we wanted to explore Cobblestone a little further to see if it would be a good fit for us. Beau from Monk Development was kind enough to cast the vision for Cobblestone and give me an extensive demo of the functionality it provides for ministries.

I was impressed.

First things first… It’s obvious that the guys at Monk Development “get it.” Too often a team of super-geeks get together to build these things and completely neglect making it graceful and usable. Not so with Cobblestone; not only was their beta build functionally viable, but it was actually very well thought out. I could tell a lot of thought and prayer has been thrown into the development of the tool, which is a welcome change from many of the other tools being developed in this arena. If I was building something similar myself, this is how I would do it. Here are a few of my favorite highlights:

  • A unified view of all group activity. When a user logs in, they see the highlights from every group they’re involved in. Let’s say I was in an accountability group, a group for the choir and a normal small group. I would see the upcoming activities for all three of these groups in a single calendar specific to my involvement. Awesome.
  • Different ways to reply. For many chunks of interaction on the site, I would never have to log in to respond to a group member’s question or comment. I could simply reply at the top of the notification email and it would be added to the conversation on the Cobblestone site (similar to Basecamp). Very convenient.
  • Promotion possibilities. Folks are consuming more and more information these days solely through their involvement in social networks. Cobblestone provides many promotion avenues within the system to post video and large graphical billboard spots that all groups would see when they logged in. This would be a great tool for a church to promote upcoming volunteer fairs or future small group studies.

Obviously, that’s just scratching the surface of the functionality provided in Cobblestone. If your church is looking for a way to keep your groups doing life together online throughout the week, Cobblestone might be the solution you’re looking for. Definitely check them out.