eCircles is another wonderful offering from the internet. What it basically is is a circle or private internet group that one can open, join and invite people to. You can have separate circles for say, high school friends, college or uni friends, work colleagues, family, neighbours, women friends, male friends, animal lovers, book club and so on and so forth. The list is exhaustive. Just like e-mail, IRC or ICQ, eCircles offers a good means of communicating with your friends, be it next door or on the other side of the globe. eCircles does have a few added features that make it more interesting. For starters, everyone who signs into a group can choose their own personal character that will represent them in the circle. These are wonderful little toons and some I think do portray the person's character! There are a multiple of things that you can do in your circles. Send e-mail (personal or group), set important dates in the group calendar (so that there will be no escaping those dreaded reunions!, reminders of birthdays), make announcements (getting married or job vacancy) and start discussions (from the wordly issues of today to planning get-togethers right down to who won last Sunday's footie). You can also have photo albums to share any photos with your friends. I love this feature, it is always wonderful to see recent pictures of friends that you haven't seen in ages. There is a text chat and voice chat facility. This is particularly great if you do not want to download programs like ICQ or IRC. The chatrooms are also very interactive, it will seem like you are just talking as usual. Other features include file sharing, web links, wish lists and lists of favourite items such as books and music. There used to be a music sharing facility where you can upload songs but I am not sure if this is still available. Personally I find that eCircles is wonderful to get connected with your old friends particular
ly from school (my oh my..that just seems like aeons ago, I'm getting old!). You will be surprised at how word catches on and how fast your circle will grow. I was among the first to join the circle for our high school which my classmate started about 4 years ago. To this day, there must be about a hundred members including our super-seniors whom we never met and also juniors. This circle is one of my most active ones with new postings almost everyday. The only downside that I can think about is that you will tend to receive a huge number of group e-mails and usually ones that don't concern you. The remedy to this is just to opt to not receive such mails, you can choose to just check your circle inbox to find out what is new. Other than that, making postings some time ago were quite tedious and slow but the system has been upgraded now so there are rarely problems. All in all, this is a great site to have in your favourites list. The ever changing (and very yellow!) welcoming page is one that I always look forward to opening. Go on..grab a hold of your mates and have a blast with this! UPDATE Sadly, this site will be shutting down permanently as of April 15 2001 due to poor market downturn. However, I stand by my opinion that this is/was such a great site and service to have to connect friends and family, especially long lost ones. I will miss this site but hope to find one just as good soon. *sob sob*
What a gorgeous start up screen! Lemon, gold, amber. Very zingy, zappy and friendly looking. This site is a sort of variation of eGroups, Topica etc. eCircles allows you to share your photos with other group members, send group email and more in your private area, plan get togethers or "start a place for all the groups of people in your life". Don't really see the total point of being able to share your photo albums with othe people, but there must be a market for it ... otherwise it wouldn't be here :-) You can even share music with others too?!?!?!? Don't think many people listen to my kind of music :-) (Maybe I'll give that a miss - I'm a complete folky/ celtic/ rootsy musichead - no one else seems to share my passion. Oh well). Anyway.... You can start discussions - although I couldn't really ascertain whether this was like an 'ordinary' forum, where the whole world and his dog can join in, or whether it is restricted to your 'group'. It's a good looking site and I suppose a useful concept ... if you have enough net friends to join you in a group. Usually people come together and become friends through a particular toipc or interest. Worth a look though if you like getting involved in and organising groups.
This is a Web site that for you to keep contact with your friends or family. As the name implies, it is an electronic sharing circles for you with your friends or family. You can build a circle for yourself, and inviting people that you like to join the circle. From that you can keep contact with them even though you are separated from them for long. One thing good about ecircles.com (in fact there are many good things about ecircles.com) is it will send an notification email to you whenever one of your circle members' birthdays. In addition, you are able to share you live photos, your message, and others with you circles friends. I have built several circles in my account (which is of course free of charge). From that I won't loose contact with my best friend and others. I love ecircles.com not only because the benefits that it can provide me. The out look of the Web site is also very attracting. Go ahead and try it.
I am happy to join the e-circle, it is just like a community place for our friends. No matter where we go, we can still keep in touch with each other. The e circle committee members will send us e-mail to inform us what kind of events are on, they even tell us whose birthday is coming soon. The thing that I like the most is the Photo Album in the e-circle. We can upload our photos to the circle, and share them with our friends. Our friends can even write the comments to the albums if they like. I felt touch whenever I read funny comments; it means that they really enjoy seeing my photos. How precious the friendship is. If you want to upload the photos to more than one e-circle, you can copy the photo album from one e-circle to another by one click on Copy Album button, just simple as that. Have a tour to www.ecircle.com .
Ever have that desire to know what has been going on in the lives of your old classmates/colleagues or even family (extended and direct)? Log on to www.ecircles.com right-away! This is a very good site to keep in touch with friends or family, wherever you are and they may be. Basically, you form/join a circle of friends where you specify in your personal profile, what information you want available to the other members of the circle, e.g. contact address, phone number, business address, personal homepage etc. There are options to make announcements, hold discussions, post photographs, plan an event, send anniversary/birthday cards, virtual gifts, share files, share music (mp3s) etc., and all of it for free! They also send you reminders about birthdays, events etc. The beauty of this site is that you can actually be a member of more than 1 circle, each and everyone easily accessible from your personalised main e-circle page. In short, it is a one-stop website where you can check for new announcements/discussions being made by your fellow e-circle-ians. In addition, e- circles offers e-circles merchandise which you can order for that special gathering you have arranged through their site (non-obligatory). A new feature that they have recently included is the option to order photo prints of what your circle member has put up….and as a promotional offer, they are giving you your first order for free, which is up to 15 prints of 4”x6”, (excluding postage for orders from the UK!) I've been a member for nearly a year now, and i've managed to get in touch with ex-classmates from secondary school, college and university! not to mention my family....complete with snapshots of their weddings on the other side of the world!