But should we be surprised?
FoundLocally interface improvements: JUMP Feature
This week, we updated our look & feel, adding some colour. Everybody's doing a "simple" (but bland) white interface now... we wanted to keep ahead of the curve. See www.FoundLocally.com as well as each of the community websites.
As well, we made our JUMP feature more prominent. We've had it for the past year, but it seem ed largely lost and ignored. By replacing a word-description with the "Bunny" icon, we figured people will discover it, and be amused by the self-explanatory pop-up window, and is "boing" sound effect.
The JUMP feature works for any page on the site, whether content or a search results page. Check out movie listings in nearby FoundLocally communities or search for a store or restaurant located nearby.
FoundLocally says Bilingualism is dead in Canada!
June 19, 2012 Calgary, AB. FoundLocally.com Media Inc, which has long been asked about making its site bi-lingual, is excited to announce that it has added omni-lingual translation to all its websites. Statistics Canada says there are almost as many non-official language speakers as there are French speakers Now, FoundLocally’s websites are available in not only French, but a total of 57 languages, adding innovative programming to integrate with Google’s Translation capabilities.
These languages are now supported on all FoundLocally websites: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bengali, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yiddish. It not only translates, but displays the content in the correct foreign keyboard/fonts.
New Navigation improvements added to FoundLocally
FoundLocally has made the LOGIN more accessible by making it a pop-up (rather than directing users to a LOGIN page), and made it easier for most users, especially those with a single business listing or a single resume by taking them directly to their info.
We also added a number of small navigation features to enable users to go to the Canada home page, back one page, or send us feedback (by adding a new icon to the Social Media icons grouping).
New Look for FoundLocally.com
The new site design makes the site search more prominent, and moves all menus and actions in to the black, grey and white stripe at the top of the page, replacing the old "tabbed" interface for site navigation and for viewing & updating business listings. We also made the Add Free Listings option and the Login (to update listings) more accessible. We also improved Social Media integration, making it easier to "like" individual pages in over 300 Social Media sites, as well providing as easier access to our Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, and Blog.
We've also added site-wide capabilities including the Popular Links (in each city),. This Page > Nearby (to jump to same feature, feature or search results in nearby FoundLocally communities) and the pop-down Table of Contents which had used the right site panel pretty well since the website's inception. On the FoundLocally.com home page, the white stripe provides a number of pop-downs for the most popular pages around the website.
US National Debt Ceiling is a Real Crisis
An Election Pre-mortem: Why The NDP came out of nowhere
The news media is very surprised by the so-called “Orange Crush” of the NDP, not only coming on strong in Quebec, but exceeding the popularity of the Liberals in many parts of Canada. Some early predictions are that they might form the majority, or at least take over as the Official Opposition.
How did this happen, and how does this change our political landscape?
Deloitte's 2011 Technology Predictions insightful as always
Nenshi Wins Calgary Crown Using Social Media But Pollsters Lose Using Archaic Polling Techniques
FoundLocally websites move to Casale MediaCasale Media represent its online advertising, changing from 24/7 RealMedia after a ten year long relationship. FoundLocally.com Media publishes the 30 FoundLocally.com community information portals, the popular TransCanada Highway.com travel site, and the MovingInCanada.com real estate & relocation website. These sites attract a million visitors a month,
“Casale Media is doing an excellent job in representing Canadian websites to Canadian advertisers,” says FoundLocally.com Media’s General Manager. While several formerly Canadian ad networks (including FoundLocally’s former ad network 24/7 RealMedia) and most foreign-owned networks have focused on selling high-volume ads on US websites, Casale has shown strong success in connecting Canadian publishers, Canadian audiences and Canadian advertisers. “Foundlocally.com greatly complements our current Canadian media offerings by providing a regionally targeted audience base through its collection of premium local online communities,” says Casale Media’s Director of Publisher Relationships,
FoundLocaly now offers Independent Web Site Audits
FoundLocally has added a very reasonably-priced new Web Site Audit service, to help small businesses and their web designers maximize their online impact in an ever-more-competitive marketplace.
A website audit can improve the success of web marketing campaign, and impact decisions to upgrade or replace a web site by providing experienced and independent advice from someone without an economic interest in the decision to change (or not to change).