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SocialVibe

Web Based Charity Platform


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Published 04/24/2012 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by Dorothy Distefano
What can you use the app for?

SocialVibe is an application dedicated to spreading the word about various humanitarian causes. Social media users share via Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, WordPress, Blogger, and other tools. By connecting people with brands, Social Vibe generates charitable donations for causes.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The site claims to have raised over $700,000 for multiple 501(c)(3) organizations.

What are the differences to other apps?

SocialVibe strives to connect brands and individuals to generate attention and influence.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

It isn’t clear if the home page is supposed to load something other than a randomly blinking set of squares under “Who’s helping”, but it would seem that part of the home page does not work. It was tested in multiple browsers with the same issue. The same non-loading issue occurred when attempting to watch the posted video on the “Why Social Vibe?” page.

Once registered and membership is validated, the user is invited to choose a cause to support. There are over 40 causes listed, including To Write Love on Her Arms; Camfed: Educate Girls in Africa; Invisible Children (educate Ugandan Children); The Trevor Project (Suicide prevention); Stand Up to Cancer; Donate Life America (organ donation); The Children’s Miracle Network; The American Red Cross, and more.

Next, the user is directed to complete a sponsored activity. By completing the activity from a branded company (in the case of this review, Toyota), the company will donate money to the chosen cause. The activity for this particular review entailed watching a short video that asks for a vote on the nonprofit that will receive a car donated on that day as part of their 100 Cars for Good charity. Through Facebook, users complete the activity, in this case, vote. At that point, users may share that they have completed the activity on Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace, encouraging others to join in.

This all leads to the creation of a Dashboard. This includes the number of completed activities, number of friends helping, points earned and what they mean as far as influence. For example, the 5 minute activity completed above earned 110 points which translates to 9 minutes of online crisis and suicide prevention services for To Write Love on Her Arms, the chosen charity.

Users may generate a personalized URL for their SocialVibe page as well.

Also on the Dashboard, users have options to upload a profile photo, check how many more activities are needed to “level up”, check progress, complete a profile, view messages and friend requests, upload photos, give feedback, and earn more points by inviting friends or updating status. Supposedly, after completing an activity, a badge can be created to add to other social sites to help direct attention to the charity, but during review, the completed activity was not showing up in this section. Even simple acts, such as updating your current status and visiting the forum will add points to your score and benefit your chosen charity.

Overall, this is a great site, but loading times for nearly ALL pages is extremely slow or not working at all. Badges did not work as described and some of the sharing options did not add the points they were supposed to. Hopefully they are working out the bugs.

How does the registration process work?

To join, users provide an email address, password, display name, birthdate, gender, country, and zip code. Interestingly, when “Join” was clicked, the “Who’s Helping” photos flashed briefly before redirecting to a page asking if the user wishes to advertise or become an affiliate. An email with validation link is needed to progress further in the process.

What does it cost to use the application?

SocialVibe.com is free to use.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Anyone who can spare a few minutes can add their influence to a charitable cause of their choice. It’s simple, quick, and anyone can do it. Some of the site features need more work, but overall, using it is doing good.

  • Free to use
  • Simple activities equal monetary donations to charity
  • Choice of over 40 causes
  • Sharing available via Facebook, Twitter, MySpace
  • Badges for MySpace, Wordpress, Blogger, and Email Signatures available
  • Users may change causes at any time
  • View total raised/total supporters for each cause


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