05 March 2008

Glasgow’s Hyperlocal Sites Go Live

A dozen community websites have been launched this month by the Glasgow Evening Times.

It hopes users will provide the bulk of the content for the hyperlocal websites - with the newspaper declaring, “what interests you, interests us”.

All the websites include a local news section and a community noticeboard where local clubs and societies can post information.

Visitors are encouraged to help build a detailed history of their neighbourhood and an interactive Google map feature enables users to upload and share local knowledge and photos.

Members can also create their own mini-sites so schools, clubs and other associations have their own pages.

In a message to readers, the Evening Times states that the websites have been created “to let your friends, neighbours and the rest of Glasgow know what is happening in your community”.

The paper continues: “We want to put you in control, to give you a platform to discuss local issues, post pictures and videos, announce events or just submit something you think is interesting.”

Finally, the Evening Times appeals: “Join with us to make these the most happening and up to date websites across the country.”

A total of 80 community websites are scheduled to be rolled out by the newspaper during the course of this year.

Further details on the project can be found at holdthefrontpage.co.uk and Press Gazette.

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