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Brief Updates from MBHQ

You’ve no doubt by now noticed that the sites got a bit of a re-design and some things got changed around last week. We wanted to highlight two changes to make sure everyone knows what changed.

The first and biggest is COMMENTS! Registration is no longer required to post a comment on any post. Of course if you already have an account you can still login to ensure your comments are attributed to you, but those who don’t can now post a comment without any long term commitment. Also, on the right you can see some of the recent comments so you’ll always know what the active discussions are. This was the most requested thing we’ve heard from people since our last redesign and we’re excited to see where it leads.

The next change is also something that was heavily requested, and that is a change to the ADS on the sites. You’ll immediately notice fewer of them, but what might not be as obvious is those smaller square ones to the right are specific to this city only and are being sold for a flat rate for a period of time rather than a confusing CPM/traffic/network model. Depending on the city, these range from $7-$175 for a full week. If you purchase one, during that time your ad will be the only one in that spot and will show on every page. We set these up both to make it easier for smaller local businesses to get their ads on our site, and also to help us bring in ads that relate better to our local audiences. Also, keeping these sites online is expensive and every little bit helps.

There are a bunch of other things we changed but we’ll leave those to you to investigate and take advantage of. Hope you like it, and we look forward to seeing you in the comments!!

Love,
The folks at MBHQ

San Jose Metblogs on Twitter

blue-birdSan Jose Metblogs has been hanging out on Twitter for some time and thought it about time we mention that. We would be honored if you stopped by and clicked Follow.

Twitter (Typing What I’m Thinking To Everyone Reading) enables you to send short messages, up to 140 characters to your friends or “followers.” Twitter is designed to work on a mobile phone as well as on a computer. It is a free service; however, you may incur charges from your wireless service.

Along with following us on Twitter you will also find us on FriendFeed, Identi.ca, and of course, Facebook.

Welcome San Diego Metblogs

San Diego
San Diego, the second largest city in California and the eighth largest city in the United States, has joined the Metroblogging network of city-specific blogs,

San Diego is the 57th Metblogs city and the sixth in California.

When I think of San Diego, the world famous Zoo first comes to mind. Also in the area are Seaworld, Wild Animal Park and Legoland!

You want museums. Balboa Park has four popular museums. The Columbia district has historic ship exhibits as well as the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum.

As with any large city there is the symphony, opera, plays, musicals, art galleries, the whole nine-yards.

Of course, everyone and their puppy heads down to San Diego for Comic-Con.

Please welcome San Diego Metblogs.

San Jose Metblogs 2nd Anniversary

MetblogsSan Jose Metblogs was officially launched on Valentine’s Day 2007. Thus, we are celebrating our 2-year anniversary.

Thanks to all who have dropped by to visit and to those who have left comments.

Those of you new to the blog will find a sampling of the types of posts we do listed here…

EveryBlock: Police blotter info for San Jose neighborhoods
What’s really going on in your neighborhood.

2-1-1 Online Database
Along with dialing 2-1-1 you may access the information online through their website’s online database.

King Library’s Wi-Fi now open to the public
The Martin Luther King Jr. Library is finally opening up its Wi-Fi network to anyone with a valid library card.

San Jose opens renovated community center
Roosevelt Community Center at the corner of East Santa Clara and 21st Streets.

San Jose history at the planning department
A basic introduction to San Jose history.

FC Gold Pride
Women’s professional soccer returns to the Bay Area.

Free Second Sunday at The Tech Museum
Free admission to The Tech’s regular museum galleries on the second Sunday of each month.

5-1-1 Freeway Assistance
Drivers use their wireless phones to summon non-emergency roadside assistance on any freeway.

Airship Zeppelin an Invitation to Ride
Airship Ventures flies Eureka, a Zeppelin NT airship, around the SF Bay Area.

City with a Past
The downtown area from the 1870’s to 1980’s.

SJSU jumps on to iTunesU
San Jose State’s foray into the digital world.

Caffe Trieste grand opening
Coffee!

My kingdom for a…
Bay Area horseback riding locales.

I learned a few things about San Jose today…
Interesting locations.

Silk Road Bistro brings Indian food back to downtown
Curries!

9-1-1 for Kids
Teaching kids the proper use of 9-1-1.

Campbell: The New Sin City?
What happens in Campbell Stays in Campbell.

Who Knew Beard Papa’s
Fresh’n natural cream puffs to die for, that’s what it is all about.

Fast Food – Filipino Style
A Filipino favorite is Jollibee Spaghetti.

Bay Area Crime Stoppers
…is a way for the community to inform law enforcement of tips regarding crime.

Happy 5th Birthday, Metroblogging

Metblogs is five years old today. The Metroblogging network that is; not San José Metblogs, we are not even two years old yet.

Metroblogging started five years ago in Los Angeles as blogging.la and has since grown with over 55 cities worldwide.

Happy Birthday, Metroblogging!

The Hub

hub.metblogs

If Metblogs is a city, hub.metblogs is the playground. We kept hearing from people that one of their favorite parts of Metblogs was meeting and interacting with readers and writers from other parts of the world, as well as getting requests for more ways that readers could be involved besides just posting comments. We thought about this for a while and decided that with a network like this, a giant community area where folks from all over the world could hang out, post photos and videos, talk with each other, form groups, play games, send messages, and do about a million other things was probably a pretty fun idea. The Hub is that.

If you have any tech ideas or suggestions join this group and speak up. See you on hub.metblogs!

San Jose Group

I never liked long introductions, so here.

Short and sweet: I’m a journalism/business student at SJSU, a downtown dweller, a restaurant addict and a bit of a soccer freak. And as a new Metblogs author, I will be combining all of these things hopefully into content of quality for the San Jose Metblog-verse. Not all in one post, though, as I am merciful.

So let’s get on with it. K? THXBAI!

Introducing The Hub

hub.metblogs

If Metblogs is a city, hub.metblogs is the playground. We kept hearing from people that one of their favorite parts of Metblogs was meeting and interacting with readers and writers from other parts of the world, as well as getting requests for more ways that readers could be involved besides just posting comments. We thought about this for a while and decided that with a network like this, a giant community area where folks from all over the world could hang out, post photos and videos, talk with each other, form groups, play games, send messages, and do about a million other things was probably a pretty fun idea. The Hub is that.

If you have any tech ideas or suggestions join this group and speak up. See you on hub.metblogs!

San Jose Group

Shane From Oklahoma is in Town

While at SJC I could not help but notice this young man. So that he could get up to speed on local dress, customs, and what’s happening – I gave him a ‘San Jose Metblogs’ card.

The New San Jose Metblog

We are very happy to welcome readers old and new alike to the brand-new version of SJ Metblogs, which has been providing independent coverage of the greater South Bay for over a year now. 

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