Joseph Grutta of Melbourne Founds Social Network That Connects People With Shared Interests
By Space Coast Daily // February 22, 2016
connects people with shared interests
BREVARD COUNTY • FLORIDA – Joseph Grutta of Melbourne has created a social networking site designed to help connect people with shared interests and allow them find stuff to do.
The site, called FarorNear.com aims to organize all of the various opportunities that exist in an area, including interesting activities, groups, resources and venues.
On the site, there are communities for many popular hobbies and interests which users can subscribe to. Within these, they can discover groups, events, places and content related to their interests and connect with others that live in their area.
Unlike with many popular group sites, groups exist within communities. There is no need to wait for someone to organize a group for an interest, since users can begin interacting with others directly within one of our communities.
And, if they decide to create a group, it’s free to do so.
Get started right away, with communities
FarorNear.com has communities for many popular hobbies and interests that function like big groups, where you can discover and share content, create sub-groups and organize events.
What you see within a community is based on the geographic area you define. Choose a distance from your location, which can be updated at anytime, and we’ll adjust what you see based on the geographic area you define.
The goal is to represent all of the opportunities that exist in an area for an interest, so that enthusiasts can quickly get connected and find groups and activities nearby or in places they plan to visit.
FarorNear.com is an alternative to group sites
Unlike many groups sites, like Meetup.com and GroupSpaces.com, there is no need to wait for someone to create a group near you. You can get started right away by participating in one of our communities. And, if you do want to organize a group, it’s FREE to do so.
Obsessed with privacy
- Individually select which groups and events show up on your profile.
- When you delete a private message, the other users in the conversation can no longer see it.
- Never sends the contents of private messages by email, which could be intercepted.
- Does not share your private information with third-party advertisers.
- Does not track your activity on third-party websites.
Security is important too
- TLS provides up to 256-bit encryption on all pages.
- FarorNear.com runs a patched version of OpenSSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug.
- Already updated bash to address Shellshock.
- Passwords are never stored in the clear.
Common Questions Answered By FarorNear.com:
If the service is FREE, then how do you make money?
At the moment, we don’t. You can support our continued development and growth by making a donation.
In the future, we plan to offer both free and paid digital goods that align with the communities, such as video educational resources.
We’re also planning to let event organizers collect payments for events where there is an attendance fee, of which we’ll take a small percentage.
Finally, we plan to do advertising right, in a way that respects our users’ privacy.
Will there be advertising?
We hate spammy advertising almost as much as we hate having our privacy violated and our information sold behind our backs. We’re not like that.
We’re planning to make advertising exclusive and promote only products and services we find exciting and think you will as well. We want our ads to be seen as resources, no less important than suggested groups and events. Right now, that probably seems far fetched, but we want to change the way you think of advertising.
We want to promote local brands and companies that are doing good things, not the largest advertisers with the deepest pockets.
We’ll probably give a lot of advertising away, especially to student organizations and groups that have cool events that we think could use a little more attention.
To find out more about Far or Near, visit FarorNear.com