Get involved with people in your local area. Start your own community or join an existing club or community group in your area. Stay in touch with news and events no matter where you are. Blong helps existing clubs and communities communicate and manage events more easily. With Blong it’s easy to connect with your community, share news, organise events and buy/sell/swap stuff with people in your local area.
New to the area? Looking to find out more about local sports and hobby clubs and other community groups in the local area that share your passions? Blong will help you connect with local clubs and community groups, find out more about what they have to offer and join.
There’s not much more satisfying activity than becoming a volunteer. It could be a one off event or maybe it’s something you want to do regularly. Blong helps you find out what’s happening locally so you can connect with other volunteers and get out there to help your local community.
Don’t get stuck at home. Get out there and join a group! Mums’s Groups, Senior’s Groups, Hiking Groups. Whatever group appeals to you, use Blong to help find that circle of new supporters and friends.
Use Blong to find out if someone local is selling something you really want to buy. Who knows what you might unearth at that garage sale round the corner. Or maybe a keen local gardener two streets away is giving away homegrown tomatoes. Blong makes it easier to find out what’s really going on locally.
Maybe you’ve decided that restoring that old car that’s been in your garage for 5 years is too big a project. With Blong you can connect with like-minded people locally. Find someone in the next suburb who’s looking for a restoration project just like yours. Blong helps you connect with people just like you.
Blong was born in the veggie patch in front of a bumper crop of tomatoes. Blong grew from the simple thought that there should be some easy way to offer these tomatoes to people living in this street. This thought led to a whole lot of ideas about the fragmentation of community in today’s modern technology oriented world.
We wondered, could technology – an app – be designed to help build communities? To support and encourage connection in the true sense of people actually getting together.
After much deliberation and work, we launched Blong. Blong is about coming together to do something together. Blong lives in a drop by, pop in, pick it up, give you a lift, can I borrow, can I help with, see you tomorrow world.
Blong can help you in your community. It recalls the milk bar notice board, the posters on the electricity pole, the handwritten flyer from the neighbor in the letter box, the town crier, the notice board at work in the canteen. Blong helps you engage with your local community. It is based on meeting face to face with somebody who lives, works or plays at a shared place.
The key is to get involved. Create your own community. Find something in your community that matters to you and create a community to address it. You will be amazed how many people want to clean up that beach, share home grown veggies or come together to just have fun!
Or just get involved by joining an existing community.
Blong is local. It is your community. When you log in you see news and events from your local area. Stuff that matters to you and events you will want to attend.
For existing clubs and community groups, Blong makes communication with members and managing events easy. The Newsfeed feature means you can tell the local community what your group is doing and encourage others to join you. The Events feature makes managing attendance easy and allows you to tell the local community what’s on.
Blong is free but we need to recover our costs in creating and maintaining Blong. So we created Blong Pro. Modern enterprise and large community organisations are a collection of communities. Blong Pro builds on this philosophy and the fundamentals of Blong to create an enterprise or organization wide communication platform. This platform is Blong Pro and it is available on a Software as a Service basis.
In our journey to develop this app we have also come across many, many people who are working tirelessly to build their local community. We believe these people are true heroes – selflessly sacrificing their own time, energy and money to make our communities better. These people run the local footy club, the school parents and teachers, the local horticultural society and numerous other groups and clubs. They enrich the community. We want you to use Blong to join them – to become one of them.
Blong – Connecting your local community
Simply open the app and search your loction to see what is happening in your local area. You can read the local news and see what local events are happening this weekend. Blong helps you connect with your local community.
However, to get involved, you need to create a Blong account via the menu. An account allows you to set up a community or apply to join a community.
Blong is for private use, not-for-profit clubs and community groups. We reserve the right to remove overt commercial use of open communities on Blong
A community is the basic building block of Blong.
Once you have an account you can go to the main menu and create your own communities and invite others to join. Or you can search for communities in your local area to join. Search by location because everything in Blong is about your local community.
Communities can be private (your application to join must be confirmed) or public (anybody can join). You decide whether your community is private or public when you create the community.
There is no limit to purpose or number of communities you may want to create. Create a community for your street, your family, your fishing buddies, the golf club, parents year 3 at the local primary school. Simply go to the menu, press create community and enter the details of your community and something about the community to tell others about why your community has been created.
Take time to really describe the purpose of the community and for private communities detail any membership requirements eg any subscription fees and so on. This information is to help other Blong users in their search for communities and clubs they may want to join.
Having created the community, you need to invite people to join your community. Simply list email addresses for those you want to invite and Blong does the rest.
Blong will send an email telling them that you have invited them to join your community and what they need to do to accept the invitation.
When you set up your community, Blong will send you an email with some helpful hints and tips. Included is a flyer you can use to letter box drop your street or hand out to others you want to join your community. This is an easy way to get people involved when you don’t have their email addresses.
When you create a community you automatically become the coordinator of that community. As coordinator you can:
As coordinator you decide who can join the community and only you can delete people from the community.
Once your community is established on Blong members can:
Newsfeed and Events created by a community can be public or private. In Blong public means the event or newsfeed created by that community can be seen by all members of that community and all other Blong users in the local area. Private Newsfeed and Events can only be seen by members of that community. You create Newsfeed and Events by highlighting a community from your list of communities and pressing the down key to bring up the community action menu.
An Event is a get together at a place and time. Press create an event in the community action menu. Enter the event name, the date and time and the place and set the event to private or public. Default is private. You can also allow members to bring guests to a private event
For a private event, all members of the community will receive the invite and the option to respond Yes, No or Maybe. As coordinator you will see a list of members and the number of guests in each of these categories and to be able to send event updates to those attending. Members can add the event to their calendar.
A public event eg a school fete can be seen by any Blong user in the local area in addition to the members of that community. There is no reply option but any Blong user can add the event to their calendar so they won’t forget when the event is on. This is free advertising for your community event.
Newsfeed allows you to keep your community informed. You might publish the winners of the raffle, a picture and news item on a successful event, some useful how-to tips for your members. The list of possible items is endless.
As with events you get to choose whether your newsfeed item is private (limited to members only) or made public.
You can post notices in Market Place under four categories (Buy, Sell, Borrow, Ride Share). In the main menu create a Market Place post under My Market Place posts. Enter details of the item or service you want to sell, buy or borrow or details of the ride you want and post the notice. You decide who will be able to see your Market Place post. You can post to just the members of one or more of your communities or to members of all your communities who live within 30km of you.
People will respond to your post via email.
Blong Pro is an app based communication platform for large organisations looking to engage audiences more effectively than email or intranet based communication platforms.
Blong Pro is focused on communicating with and engaging people. It does this one job really well. It is not an enterprise social network and it is not a collaboration/file sharing system.
This focus makes Blong Pro a communication platform that is effective, simple to learn, quick to implement, easy to administer and low cost.
Modern enterprises and organisations are increasingly a group of communities or stakeholders working together with a shared purpose.
For companies contractors, customers, clients, remote employees, casuals, suppliers and teams in factories, warehouses and shops are all key to delivering results and are all traditionally ignored by internal email based communication.
For community organisations, the complexity of a hierarchy from team to club to state and then national body often defeats traditional email based communication.
Historically, large organisations are forced to resort to blunt tools such as newsletters/magazines, social media or websites – lumping all of those different messages to all those different audiences into one big noisy box.
If you are using the noisy box, talk to us. We will show you how to do the same job better, easier and cheaper. Blong Pro will create a communication stream that is tailored to all the different audiences you deal with both in and outside your organization.
In one month from agreement to proceed we will build and implement for you a communication platform that:
If you want to know more about Blong Pro, including pricing and trialling, contact our sales team.
These hints and tips will help you make the most of the Blong App. If you have questions not answered here please contact us and we will do our best to answer you directly.
Feel free to drop us a note with any questions or comments you have.