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Swampum: Relationships Help Page


Creating a prioritized list of preferred relationships (friendships and group memberships) gives you complete control on how you share your items with other users. Check out the instructions and FAQs below to learn more.


  • What are the different types of groups?
    A: There are four different types of groups: Geographic groups are based on each user's location, tied to at ZIP codes, and public. Relationship groups are created by users based on their existing relationships. For example, you may want to create one group of users that includes your family and another with your closest friends. Organizational groups are built around a particular organization (e.g., church, synagogue, school, company). For example, you may want to create a group for your elementary school so teachers and parents can begin sharing books, supplies, children's clothing. There could also be separate groups for the school: one for the staff and one for the parents, a separate group for each classroom, etc.. Activity groups are formed around a particular activity or hobby. For example, there could be a group for comic book collectors, quilters, swimmers--there's really no limit. (Note: if you want to form a group for a swim team, or a local gardening club, that should be an organizational group.)
  • What are the group privacy settings?
    A: Groups can be public, private or hidden. Public groups are open for anyone to join and are visible in search results. User-created public groups must have a moderator. Some public groups (e.g., ZIP code groups) are created by the system and do not have a moderator. Private groups are visible in search results. They also have a moderator who acts as a gatekeeper, setting and enforcing the requirements for membership and reviewing all membership requests. Hidden groups are private groups that cannot be found in search results. The only way to join a hidden group is to be invited by the moderator, who performs the same functions as moderators in private groups.
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