Thursday, June 14, 2007

Mamasource: Connecting Moms in your community

Friendships are a lifeline for all women. It can take time to develop real-world relationships, especially as a new Mom, so while we are searching for those connections, the internet has provided valuable opportunities to join virtual communities. There are so many sites to choose from that it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

I was recently introduced to, a new online hub for Moms that has several distinct advantages. First, it's organized by geography so that you can connect with people in your local area, and get local recommendations for pediatricians, Moms' groups, family outings and the like.

Second, the site is ad-free (aside from member recommendations) and therefore won't clutter up your mind with dancing widgets on every corner, trying to get your attention to refinance your mortgage. This is truly a relief now that even many "highbrow" sites are using these annoying animated ads.

Finally, you can ask questions and get answers from other members. The local focus is valuable again for this feature. The main downside to this was that I saw a number of posted questions that were more suitable for a doctor or other professional's advice. Any significant advice you get online should be verified by reliable sources.

Mamasource is new and depends on users to invite friends to join in order to generate critical mass. The more women who populate this online network, the more valuable the knowledge base will be. So if you are a new Mom who wants to increase the connectivity among parents in your area, give Mamasource a whirl.

You can read what other Moms are saying about Mamasource by visiting the other stops on the MotherTalk blog tour.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mamasource techniques for populating their site borders on ILLEGAL. They do not comply with the CAN-SPAM act. They "harvest" email addresses and they do not provide an opt-out method or unsubscribe link prominently.

Beware of anyone who asks for your email Mamasource!

11:17 PM  
Blogger MojoMom said...

I have heard this complaint from others and I can't verify it independently, but did want to give people the heads-up. Mamasource does seem to have "options" to invite other Moms that may send emails in your name in a less-than-clear-and-transparent way. I appreciate the heads-up and encourage everyone to check this out for themselves.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Deb W said...

I joined Mamasource last month and used my contact list to invite 3 friends, and so far I have not had any issues. One of the moms is in a different city and it was hard to find her on the site after she joined -- the site navigation could be improved.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in the addressbook of someone who joined, was not supposed to receive a "join request", and now am being spammed by them.

11:24 PM  

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