Thanks for your interest in joining the Qirqle community! Different memberships are available for any local resident or a local business or organization of the Pioneer Valley, as well as guests of the Valley.
Please peruse our FAQ:
What's a Qirqle?
Qirqle is the brainchild of Sam McClellan, the owner of Itabix, a local web hosting and development company.
The name “Qirqle” is based on Circle, but of course that domain name was taken long ago so I needed to find something that was easy to remember and I wanted to make it a little “qirky”…hence Qirqle.
The concept first came to me in 1999 when I was reading an interview with Tim Berners-Lee, the guy who actually invented the Internet (sorry, Al Gore). He said one of his biggest regrets was not including some way of localizing the web, making it easier to visit and interact with local web presences.
The more the web becomes an interactive community, the more this becomes a problem. People have a thousand “friends” on Facebook who don’t live in their community and who they never see. Local businesses’ websites are lost in the huge sea of global vendors. Sites like craigslist.com, that are supposed to serve the community, are infested with scammers. Giant and/or global corporations control how we interact, and even if you believe their intention is to “do no evil”, their first responsibility is to their investors.
I also hear questions from so many people, how do I meet people? How do I get my creations seen? How can I find out what’s going on locally? How do I get other people involved in something I feel strongly about? Why have I lived here for years and I still don’t know what’s going on in my community?
I’ve been watching Web technology for many years, and now I believe it’s ready to serve local communities. Qirqle is my idea and my offering.
Itabix has developed and hosts Qirqle, but my intention is for Qirqle to eventually be controlled by the community.
— Sam McClellan
Who can become a member?
I spend time in the Pioneer Valley. Do I qualify for local membership?
Local Membership is open to any person living in the Pioneer Valley. The idea is to give local people an opportunity to interact, just as they could in the real world. If you have ideas on how we can improve our policies, we welcome your feedback.
A few examples of guest membership:
- If you’re just visiting
- If you visit friends here often
- If you grew up here and you still have family or friends here and you visit often
- If you work here
a few examples one example of local membership:
- If you live here
If you have any questions about whether membership is appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us.
What's the difference between a Personal and a Business or Organization Membership?
Local memberships are meant for individuals who want to engage socially with other members of the community. That can include setting up a group for your particular interest. Resident memberships cannot create business/organization listings.
Business/Organization memberships are for those who are registered with the IRS as a business or non-profit organization as well as have a public presence in and offer goods or services in the Valley. Businesses and organizations cannot create groups or forums without approval from the Qirqle management.
I own or represent a business or organization. Should I sign up for a Local or a Business/Organization Membership? Can I have a combined membership?
“How do I know if I qualify for a business or organization membership?”
If you or the organization you represent are registered with the IRS as a business or non-profit organization, you have a public presence in and offer goods or services in the Valley, then yes.
If you are club, group, or organization not registered with the IRS, then no. In that case, you can sign up with a local membership and set up a group.
“I own or represent a business or organization, but also want a local membership. Can I / should I sign up for both under one account?”
It’s fine with us if you would like to have a dual membership. Send us (Qirqle) a request on chat or private message us on our profile once you’ve signed up and we can add a second membership to your profile. Note that if you try to add a second membership type to the same account it will remove the first membership type.
Alternately, you can sign up for two separate accounts as long as you have different emails (or at least an email and an email forward) for each.
Here are some guidelines for your decision:
- If you have a dual membership, remember that you will be “on call” whenever you are online. Also, you will be exposing more of your personal life to the public, which you may see as good or bad.
- If you have several people who represent your business or organization and you want to be available often, it’s probably better to have a separate business or organization account so everyone can take turns interacting with the public. Like a storefront.
- If you have two accounts, you can’t be logged into both accounts on the same browser so you might miss a contact…but you can always install a second browser (Chrome or Firefox) and be logged in on that, as well.
Choose one of the four membership types.
- Non-Resident - Guest Membership
- Resident - Personal Membership
- Own or Represent a Valley Business
- Represent a Valley Organization
If you do not live in Frankin, Hampshire or Hampden counties or the Brattleboro area of Southern Vermont, then sign up for a guest membership.
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If you are a resident of Frankin, Hampshire or Hampden counties or the Brattleboro area of Southern Vermont, sign up for a personal membership.
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If you own or have permission to represent a business in the Pioneer Valley (Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden counties) or the Brattleboro area of Vermont, sign up for a business membership.
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If you have permission or authority to represent a licensed organization offering services in Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden counties or the Brattleboro area of Southern Vermont, sign up for an Organization membership.
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