Here’s news about four new Cardiff local websites I’ve just started developing…
I’ve been running two hyperlocal websites in north Wales for a couple of years now.
I started writing about growing up in Abergele online in 2001. Then a Cardiff local blogging explosion in 2010 inspired me to take things up a notch and move the site to wordpress at http://www.abergelepost.com. I’ve been so pleased with how this site has turned out, thanks largely to our contributing editors David Huges with 63 posts, Dennis Parr with 14, Nigel Hinton with 8 and John Bowman with 3.
My second site is a Welsh-language one all about my birthplace Colwyn Bay. http://baecolwyn.com has been a project which has enabled me to pilot proofs of concepts in the Welsh language. This is really important to me as there are 50+ papurau bro (community newspapers) in print form, and this fantastic volunteer-led energy needs the tools to be able to migrate online too.
What if people’s stories and photos about places on Facebook could be more easily be found and navigated? That’s what Nicky Getgood (@getgood) of Talk About Local and I mused about between presentations at #DS7.
One of the hyperlocal sites I edit – AbergelePost.com – is a lively local history site with committed contributors. When I set the website up, I did what many hyperlocal editors did and set up a supporting Facebook page. A few months ago, a new Facebook group about Abergele was created. This group is a much more lively forum with many users exchanging memories and photos of the town.
The difficulty with Facebook is that it’s hard to navigate this content in any way other than spooling back in time in a linear fashion.
So my question is this: how can the stories and photos about place on Facebook that members post be more easily be found and navigated?