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Has anyone used iModules to create an alumni website or alumni social network? I'm interested in hearing some feedback on their tools.

On a related note, are there any decent open source social networks that you can host yourself? I know Ning lets you grab the source code for a network, are there any others?

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We used iModules/Planet Alumni and I wouldn't recommend it. It is very limited in design and although it allowed for online payments and registration, it always looked so bad!
That's my initial feeling as well. It seems they built out the backend pretty well, but forgot to hire a designer or usability tester for the UI. Photos aren't even resized when users upload them to their profiles!
Our alumni office is rolling out iModules this summer. They seem happy with it, but I'm not convinced it's going to really help form an online community for them.
We've been building out a community site with Elgg.

We've been liking it so far. I can't compare it to Ning, but it was really a lot more flexible than the hosted ones we looked at.
We're looking at them, and while we were initially impressed, especially compared to the homegrown Plone site we have now, we're looking at some other companies that seem to offer better options. One we're (at least for now) impressed with is from James Tower. Good functionality and look, and we should be able to use it from admissions to alumni; as in, get accepted students on the system, keep them there for use as students, and roll them automatically into the alumni community so their online connection stays consistent at all their constituency stages. Of course, the cost is significantly higher than iModules, but the service is much more robust.

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