BOULDER, Colo., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- YapTime, a service for private social groups, today announced new features that make it easier for groups to share, collaborate and shop. This new release includes the ability to share and organize files, upload multiple photos and save them in albums, poll members, and receive local Groupon deals to facilitate social shopping.
"Our groups have asked for enhanced features and today's release goes beyond the simple photo sharing or messaging offered by existing group services," stated Robert Kapela, Founder and President of YapTime. "In addition to offering essential media sharing and communication features, YapTime now offers powerful collaboration features similar to Basecamp—empowering social groups to better organize and communicate privately through one simple-to-use service."
"YapTime is a great way for me to stay in touch with friends, plan times to go out, and share pictures, knowing we are the only ones seeing those posts," said Madeleine Lapke, early YapTime user. "I never signed up for Facebook because I didn't want to share personal posts with colleagues, old classmates, neighbors, and my entire family—there just wasn't any privacy."
New YapTime features include:
While many social groups share photos and videos, other groups like freelancers and sports teams require collaboration features like file sharing. YapTime groups can now upload and share files of any type. The files can be saved and organized into folders, which helps streamline collaboration and organization.
To better facilitate group communication, YapTime recently added polling. Now, rather than waiting for each individual member to respond to a question and then manually tallying the results, group organizers and members can quickly create a poll, with the results and comments viewed in real time.
Most group services only allow one photo at a time to be shared and it is time consuming to find the photo at a later date because it can only be found by scrolling through multiple posts. YapTime now allows multiple photos to be uploaded and individually commented on, as well as organized into photo albums so they can be easily found and viewed.
YapTime now integrates local Groupon deals, allowing members to tap the group's collective purchasing power and use YapTime to plan ways to enjoy the deals together. This is a first step in empowering social shopping within groups.
YapTime is a free service and is available at http://yaptime.com. Families, friends, faith-based groups, sports teams, and other common-interest social groups are currently using YapTime to communicate and collaborate privately via the Group's email address or in a private YapRoom on the Web.
YapTime provides a private place for social groups to communicate, organize, plan, and collaborate through photo and video sharing, group calendars, file sharing, surveys, and group purchasing. Simple enough to span generations, YapRooms offer an uncluttered, secure, easy-to-access place for the important groups in everyone's life. Located in Boulder, CO, the company was founded in 2010 and is privately funded. For more information, visit http://yaptime.com.