Facebook co-founder launches a social network with purpose

Today marked the launch of Jumo, a social network that aims to link supporters to their causes in meaningful ways.

Supporting over 3,500 charities in 200 countries, Jumo was the brainchild of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. Hughes worked on the Obama ’08 campaign, and wanted to combine his experiences in both social networking and activism.

The site is free (of course), and not only allows users to receive updates or coordinate with their favourite charities, but also lets you view and share what friends are supporting and following.

From StartupNorth:

“We were frustrated by the lack of opportunities to get involved with the issues and organizations we care about. How many times have you read an article or seen that video and wanted to help but just didn’t know how? We know there are millions of people working to improve the lives of others, many of whom don’t have the resources to have the greatest impact. And we know there are millions more who want to help, but don’t know how. Despite huge advancements in connection technologies—500 million people on Facebook, for example—it’s difficult to find meaningful opportunities to get involved. We believe we can do better,” says Kristen Titus, Jumo’s Managing Director.

You can check out Jumo here.