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June 29, 2011

Convofy – A Social Network For Businesses

Convofy is a social network that businesses can use to keep employees in the loop and engaged. Teams of remote workers and in-office managers can use Convofy to communicate with each other in real time, without having to worry about the privacy issues and security concerns that sometimes come along with e-mail. In addition to its communication abilities, the network also offers a host of collaboration features that go far beyond the basic editing and markup tools most people are used to.

If your company is ready to start doing business in a new way, then you can sign up for Convofy by entering your work email address. Convofy keeps its networks private by limiting membership to people with verified company email addresses, eliminating the chances that an outsider will be privy to anything said within a company’s Convofy network. Once you’re in, click on “Members” to import your email address book and instantly invite everyone on your work team to join. You can share notes, photos, and documents with one person or your whole staff in a few simple clicks, or start a real-time conversation by posting a status update in the Convofy news feed. Colleagues can reply to each other’s messages, eliminating email redundancy and ensuring that everyone is on the same page when it comes to what exactly needs to get done.

Within a Convofy network are smaller private groups, which are ideal for teams of colleagues assigned to work on specific projects. These private groups are also an ideal space for collaborating with outside clients and contractors, making it possible to work together with outsiders inside the Convofy network without giving people access to anything beyond the private group they’ve been invited into.

Practical Uses:

  • Spend less time responding to email queries that have already been answered
  • Post on the company news feed to ask everyone for advice on a project
  • Collaborate with coworkers on new designs for an important customer
  • Work with clients in a closed group that remains private from others at your company

Insider Tips:

  • Users must have a verified company email address to join a network on Convofy
  • To use the system, users need to have Adobe AIR
  • Add the QuickAdd dropbox to your desktop to quickly share files with coworkers
  • Convofy automatically turns the auto-follow setting off when a network has more than 50 users

What we liked:

  • Colleagues can answer each other’s questions by replying in the news feed, rather than by sending endless back-and-forth emails
  • Convofy works well as a collaboration application
  • Users can invite their clients to join private groups without giving them access to the entire company network
  • All the data and updates posted on Convofy are archived within the network

What we didn’t like:

  • Although Convofy would work well for small and medium size businesses, the constantly updating news feed could become overwhelming for very large companies with hundreds of employees posting updates each day

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Costs:

  • Basic plan is free
  • Premium plan is $5 per user, per month

Rating:

  • 5 out of 5 (wow)