A couple of interesting resources for folks interested in fostering community locally via the internet…
- What to look for in a neighborhood website – eNeighbors.com blog
- The New West FAQ for Online Community Journalism Enterpreneurs
Thanks to Peter K. for the New West tip.
HELLO MOOSE LOVERS: Please check out the photos below (and here’s another moose photo taken by a friend in her Vermont neighborhood) and then stop by our core website… the national award-winning Front Porch Forum… 30% of our pilot city subscribes already! Cheers.
A Front Porch Forum member of the Hinesburg Village Neighborhood Forum posted this today…
Yup, we are still in the sticks, no matter how developed we are. Must be getting crowded in the swamps as well.
Followed by this note from his Colchester, VT friend with these incredible photos…
In my 5 years in Colchester, I have never seen a newborn baby moose. This one was not even a half a mile from our house. The mother picked a small quiet neighborhood and had her baby in the front yard at 5:30 am We were out bike riding when we came upon the pair. The lady across the street from this house told us she saw it being born. We saw them at 5:30 pm . So the little one was 12 hours old. What an awesome place we live in to see such a site.
[See the comments below... seems that this moose mom and babe might hail from Alaska, not Colchester!]
The Local Onliner reports today…
I love to see examples of grassroots innovation in local online marketing. One of my favorites is an e-newsletter from Sprocket Entertainment, the producers of a local comedy night in my hometown of Carlsbad, CA.
Sprocket is a startup by two comedians which also produces shows in Spokane, WA. It gets everyone to sign up for the newsletter when they use PayPal to buy tickets to their once-a-month event at a renovated theater, which they consider an alternative night out for “people who aren’t into loud music and pickup bar scenes.”
So far, Carlsbad Inn, Overstock Spas, Spoon Grill & Bar, and Tamarack Beach Resort have all signed up. From the looks of things, Sprocket is doing about as well with local advertisers as more concerted efforts by Carlsbad.com, a chain of beach town city guides.
Some similarities with Front Porch Forum here. We’re testing the waters with local sponsors… a half-dozen have signed on during our testing phase, including…
Another 70 or so have joined our waiting list as we move beyond testing in the months ahead.
Local.com announced a deal with Expedia.com for local travel. Peter Krasilovsky reports…
Local.com is in a different “local” category. It aggregates a ton of local content and features, but it doesn’t necessarily vie with the local Yellow Pages or local search sites, for everyday local traffic.
I mean, it would if it could. It has added a lot of functionality. But mostly, with its easy-to-remember URL (which it paid $700k for), and helpful grab-bag of local features, the site gets its traffic from the type of occasional user who aren’t particularly adept at using Google, or too impatient to do so. It claims quite a few of those – 10 million every month.
$700,000 for a URL… I just wanted to type that once.
Yahoo‘s CEO is out, replaced by one of the founders. Other juggling around in progress. The Local Onliner and others are speculating what that might mean for Yahoo’s local efforts.