The U-M Alumni Association launched today a friendster-like tool targeting University alumni called inCircle. The only catch? It’s for Alumni Association Members only, and now in beta testing:
We’re sending this special issue of e-TrueBlue: Recent Grads to announce the launch of inCircle, the Alumni Association’s brand-new professional and social networking tool.
inCircle lets Michigan alumni connect online with friends and friends-of-friends based on shared interests, common acquaintances, professions, location and other user-defined criteria. Now you can network with not just your own connections but with all the Michigan alumni your friends know, too. It’s like “six degrees of separation” just for Wolverines. You’ll be amazed at the number of valuable connections you can make and how fast your personal network will grow.
A network graph shows you how you’re connected and outlines the “shortest path” to other alums you want to meet. Uses of the inCircle network include finding roommates, meeting other alums who live in a particular city, joining discussion groups and finding a new job through a friendly referral. And, unlike online social networks that are open to the general public, inCircle is a private network exclusively for Michigan alumni.
InCircle is a free benefit for U-M alumni who are current members of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.
To access inCircle, you will need a University provided uniqname and password, which are provided free to all U-M alumni. If you don’t have a uniqname and password, you can get one online.
To get started, go to http://incircle.umalumni.com.
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We’re launching inCircle to recent graduates before it is available to the general alumni population. If you notice any problems or bugs with inCircle, please post them in the “Forum” section of the site so we can address them.”