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Community platform for native app?

shannon_field profile image Shannon Field ใƒป1 min read

Hi! We're building a native app for new/expecting moms and want to build a Facebook-like community within our app (for more control and more privacy).

We tried tribe.so in the spring but want something more feature rich (e.g., better analytics, more controls for moderators).

What community platforms are designed for (or at least good for) native app integration?

Is Mighty Networks a good option?

Any tips/advice is much appreciated. TIA!

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Jocelyn

We use Mighty Networks right now, and I'm not sure if there's a way to seamlessly integrate it into your existing app experience. They have a separate app you download and log into to access your community. The experience does remind me a bit of Facebook.

They have some features that are available on web but not on mobile (eg. group chats) so I'd recommend joining their Host community and seeing whether you like it / if their mobile options suit your community.

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Shannon Field Author

Thanks, Jocelyn. We wouldn't have our users download and use the MN app. And in fact, it's their pursuit of their own native experience that makes me nervous, as it seems they're not primarily focused on/interested in supporting integration into other native apps.

Can I ask...does your company have an app? And MN is integrated? Is it something I can take a look at (ie what's the company, and is the app free)? TIA!

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Jocelyn

I'm actually not sure if MN can be easily integrated into a native app experience.

We do have a mobile app, but we don't integrate with MN at all. We use MN for a specific program that only has a couple hundred folks, so we're okay with having it separate. If we were to launch something for all of our users, we'd opt for a different platform.

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Brian Oblinger

Disciple is worth a look.

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Shannon Field Author

Thanks, Brian. Are you using it for your app/community? Or do you work there? Can you point me to native apps (iOS) with Disciple communities integrated? TIA!

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Brian Oblinger

I became aware of them recently and got a demo in which they showed me the mobile/desktop experiences. disciplemedia.com/case-studies/