15 October 2008

Website Plots UFO Sightings Over Wrexham

Visitors to the Evening Leader site can now see when and where local residents have reported UFO sightings thanks to a new widget application.

It could be a case for Mulder and Scully in North Wales at the moment as the region has seen a spate of UFO spots recently and the newspaper is now charting them online via an interactive timeline and map, reports HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk.

Using a widget from Dipity, the Evening Leader has produced a timeline detailing updates on the sightings and featuring links to articles and video footage.

The application also uses Google software to create a map displaying the locations of reports of unusual activities in the skies over North Wales.

Digital editor Christian Dunn said using a third-party site to create the resource has saved time and created a new traffic source.

“We turned the whole thing into a widget and embed this onto our site, and by making our UFO spotting ‘topic’ public on Dipity other users of the site can find it, which helps drive traffic to eveningleader.co.uk.”

He added: “We’ll definitely be looking at what else we can use Dipity for in the future as our sites don’t let us create such good visual timelines - which can be a great way to illustrate how a story has developed.”

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