What is it?
Tree52 is mult-facted: - providing forums, news, weather, events, classified advertising, obituaries, trivia and wiki articles for most towns in the US. Like the blind men and the elephant, different users will use the site differently. For those interested in their family history, a surname registry is provided to record the names of ancestors and where they lived, in order to connect with other researchers, and to connect with others who have ties to those communities. Busy people will want to check in once a week to catch up on interesting, relevant postings, news and events. For those that have the time and enjoy conversing, you can "live" on the site, reading and responding to posts, adding content or even coordinating sections.
So what, what’s different from similar sites?
While much of the content is provided by automation, unlike other towns-based websites, Tree52 contains much content that is lovingly added by staff and users. These pages are a vibrant resource, with new content and conversations daily. You can reminisce about "the old days" or find out what's happening this weekend. You can reconnect with old friends and discover new ones.
The forums have unique features that allow users to rate postings and to filter the display of postings that are of low interest, contain course language, or that are more negative than uplifting or interesting. "Trolls" can be tuned out. Forum postings feature unique display techniques: the original post is always displayed at the top of the page (doesn’t scroll off) and the form to post a reply is always at the bottom of the page (doesn’t scroll). You can edit your posts any time you want in the future. You can use aliases to post. You can indicate your reaction (ie agree or disagree) to posts by clicking a buttons, without having to post a reply. You can view posts that have high votes for content, even if they are in a forum that you don’t monitor. You can find posts that are of interest to you faster and easier, due to 2nd party summaries and preview options.
Part of the future Groups section, Classmates allows you to reconnect with the people with which you attended school. Unlike the large commecial sites (or even the small commercial site AlumniClass.com), we won't make you pay to connect with your classmates, we won't harvest all your information and then change into a private-eye site that sells it online (Reunion.com > MyLife.com), and unlike the only real free site (ClassReports.org), we have greater privacy options and more features.
Unlike most surname registries, you can tie your surnames to specific towns, quickly and conveniently. Moreover, you can organize your queries systematically and see which surname/locality combinations you have posted, not only on Tree52, but also on every other major registry, message board and mailing list. You can quickly and easily search others’ postings to find connections.
Our wiki is a branch off of the WikiPedia articles for US towns. Starting with a modified snapshot of those WikiPedia articles as of October 2009, our wiki focuses more on the history of the towns, a place to share collective memories and images.
Is that all?
Oh no, there is more and there will be even more added in time: Groups (including not just classmates, but also workmates and occupational peer groups), local yellow pages with ratings and feedback to the businesses), a “restaurant reader” program, and personalized news digesting services, and a unique, revolutionary method of keeping track of your favorite websites.
How much will it cost?
Tree52 displays advertisements, there is no fee. (You *will* have the option to pay a tiny fee to turn off the ads, and you can also have the ads turned off as a reward for contributing certain amounts and types of material.)
How do I keep up with changes?