September 28, 2009 06:00 ET

BigTent Flies With 'FlyLady' and Her 500,000-Member Online Community

FlyLady Chooses BigTent to Improve Community Experience, Simplify Group Administration

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2009) - BigTent, a free, family-friendly, online group management platform, today welcomes the FlyLady group led by home and self-improvement coach Marla Cilley, aka "The FlyLady."

FlyLady celebrated the half million member mark last year, and will mark her 10-year anniversary this year with the transition of her group to BigTent. "BigTent has a 'can do' attitude. The team there knows what I need for the FlyBabies to have a great online experience, and they deliver," FlyLady shared with her devoted fans who receive free daily tips on topics ranging from organization to fitness to self acceptance. She assured her members, "None of us like change but I promise this one is going to make things better for you. BigTent has helped me realize my dream."

"Marla's group embodies everything we set out to build when BigTent was founded: an online home for people to gather, discuss and manage their personal interests, dreams and passions," said Donna Novitsky, CEO of BigTent. "We are honored to welcome Marla and the FlyLady group to the BigTent family and look forward to serving her and her members for many years to come. BigTent is ready to FLY!"

BigTent enables FlyLady to better serve her community and interact with them in a more organized and personal way. While her group is among the largest and most influential on the Internet, FlyLady's focus is less on growth than on ensuring that her members feel as welcome online as they would as a guest in her own home. This translates to simple administration, advanced customization and a more intimate look and feel than is available through other offerings on the market. In FlyLady's welcome video, she invites members into her physical home and her online group home on BigTent.

"I want to help people create an environment for peace in their lives, and I needed a more comprehensive place to do it," said the FlyLady. "That's why we're moving to BigTent. My group is all about organizing your life, and BigTent understands that I need to give my members the best online experience possible. BigTent helps me bring peace to my members and my team."

BigTent offers the most advanced online community and social networking capabilities available today, all for free. Group leaders -- from mother's groups to PTAs, neighborhood associations, hobbyists, alumni and more -- can use BigTent to handle everything from membership to polls, online discussions, calendaring, invitations, payment processing, etc., all with a custom look and feel.

Features include:

  • Member Management
  • Shared Admin Access
  • Payment Processing
  • Subgroups
  • Superb Support
  • Group Communication
  • Calendar and Event RSVP
  • Photo and File Sharing
  • Reviews and Classifieds
  • Public Group Page

About FlyLady

Your free online coach, cheerleader, and fairy-godmother for de-cluttering and organizing your home and life, FlyLady adds humor, spunk, and a dose of common sense to her advice. Founded in 1999 by Marla Cilley, the mentoring group FlyLady uses the "Sidetracked Home Executive" (SHE) system as a basis for organizing her home and her life. When members join FlyLady, they receive daily FLYmail that include FLYing Lessons to offer assistance in setting up routines, removing clutter, and put your home and life in order. The public is invited to join this group at

About BigTent

BigTent is where trusted groups connect online. The platform for family-friendly organizations strengthens group involvement and simplifies group management. By combining the best of today's social networking features with group management tools, BigTent helps real-world communities share, communicate and organize online and in-person. Free to members and groups, BigTent is supported by sponsorships, value added services and advertising. Founded in 2006, the company is headquartered in San Francisco and currently hosts parents groups, PTAs, schools, neighborhood groups, scouting troops, hobby clubs, professional and alumni associations, and other community groups nationwide. For more information about BigTent, please visit:

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