Public and private networks, what’s the difference?

One of the most popular uses for a group having their network is simply having a centralized place to store and share content with others that are interested in your specific topic or activity.

Within that, you could say that two of the main group categories would be those that are public and those that are private.

  • If public, such as a group discussion board, this is probably a better fit for groups with thousands and more users, mostly browsing, occasionally posting a question or helping out on an answer to something.
  • If private, this can be a better fit for a group that’s already together, but would like a place to share different types of content, such as for reference, upcoming activities or events, additional contact information, photos, appropriate websites or news sources and other useful content.

Some examples of a private network:

  • Personal Clubs: With a few close friends focused on common activities.
  • Ham Radio/Technical Club: Store and share more detailed instructions or specs.
  • Renewable Energy Group: Share your systems specs and suggestions with others in your area.
  • Localized: Often times your smaller groups are localized, where you occasionally are meeting other and having more detailed or involved discussions.
  • Medical Association: Either localized or for those focusing on something more specific.
  • Scientific Association: To share new discoveries or observations, store and share useful documents or websites.
  • Home Owners Association: Such as with a building complex or other environments with shared services.
  • School Clubs: For activities and interests outside of the classroom environment, your extracurricular activities.
  • 4H Groups: Have a network just for the people involved with the 4H activities.
  • Pool League: Share results and upcoming schedules.
  • Sports League, Participant: Such as people playing softball in the summer or hockey in the winter.
  • Music Class or Band: Share new song ideas, lyrics, upload song versions to get feedback on.
  • Ongoing or Continuing Education: Have a network with others in the class you’re in.
  • Home Brew Club: For sharing recipes and tips for wines, beers, mead and other spirits.
  • Book Club: Such as with a local group, keeping in touch as books are finished and onto the next.
  • Organizations: While organizations can be much larger, with a website, blog or other communications, you can use a private network to stay connected with others more involved or managing the organization.
  • Travel, Long Trips: Or at least those with a group of people on an extended trip, such as a long weekend, week or more.  Helpful to for lots of different planning content as well as storing and sharing photos while on your trip.
  • Cultural Group: Sharing content with others from a common background or traditions, can use in your preferred language with +20 available.
  • Religious, Spiritual Group: Have a network for sharing content with others that have common beliefs and values.
  • Fishing Group: Protect your hotspots with only sharing content with others in the know, letting them in on the current conditions, reports, photos, schedule a trip and other types of content.

Of course, one can also have a combination of the two, such as having a private network for your regular or more active networks as well as having a website, blog, discussion or forum boards and using other mediums to attract new members.

While some tools are more appropriate for getting new members, for the ones that are already there or are more involved, this is where an Odysen network can help.  Invite whomever you feel is appropriate, create folders for topics or activities and add content to the different applications available.  Take a tour to learn more or visit the solutions for groups and personal for additional benefits, FAQs and other relevant blog articles.

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