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Aussie bank launches online social community for people with plans

22 February 2010  |  5933 views  |  2 biometric eye

Australia's Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has launched an online social community where anyone with a plan, project or idea can connect with other people to find support, resources and expertise.

The PlanBig site, currently in beta, lets users come up with any plan they choose, from a campaign to bring music education to rural communities in Queensland to fundraising for a horse rescue centre.

Users provide a description of their plan, the reason they are embarking on it and an explanation of what will constitute success. They can also post pictures, videos and documents.

Other visitors can then post comments, offering support, money, advice and information. They can also "get involved" by telling people about the plan through Facebook and Twitter, voting to support it and signing up for progress updates.

The bank says PlanBig draws on the strengths of social networking to enable people to efficiently share information, create partnerships and support each other's plans.

"One day we hope that PlanBig will be part of everyday life, a self-sustaining and self-moderating community that is of real use to passionate people and real benefit to communities with all kinds of plans, big or small," it says.

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A Finextra member | 23 February, 2010, 02:38

Not THAT is interesting, coming from a bank.  The idealist in me really likes the idea and even believes it might generate B&AB some goodwill.  The other part of me (best not named) can't help but wonder whether people with commercially viable ideas (1) would share them in such an open forum, for fear of competitive disadvantage and (2) might receive communication from the bank "suggesting assistance" for said ideas...  Only one way to find out.

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A Finextra member | 23 February, 2010, 02:40

Sorry, should have written "Now" at the beginning of that comment, rather than "Not".

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