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By naim786 on January 28, 2008 - 12:57pm

A couple of weeks ago I received some great feedback on a pet project a friend and I have taken on,, from a few members of Urban Vancouver. If you haven't come across it yet, is a user-contributed social news web-site, much like Digg, but focuses on Vancouver-specific content. We felt VancouverVibe would be a great forum for everyone from bloggers to musicians to small employers to further publicize their original content.

What we learned from the extensive feedback from members of this forum (as we take every opportunity to learn from this experience) is we need to enhance credibility and give the web-site a more personal feel. We've also started an advertising campaign on Facebook and on a local blog.

So, in that short time, and in large part thanks to the members of Urban Vancouver, we've:

  • Launched a new blog called TheCity:
  • Added a Terms of Use Agreement to our Registration Page
  • Engaged new bloggers to submit their stories on the web-site
  • Attended Launch Party Vancouver 3 and intend to go to the Blogger Meet Up and Northern Voice
  • Surpassed 100 news stories and 50 members
  • Topped 1,400 unique visits in 2 weeks

    Since members of this forum have been instrumental in giving us really valuable feedback over the last couple of weeks, I thought I'd give you an update of where we are since then. Thank you for your support so far!

  • Submitted by Richard Eriksson on January 28, 2008 - 1:48pm.

    I've added the blog to our Urban Vancouver aggregator, so that you automatically get a link on our sidebar every time you post there. I see that links to the posts go directly to the source link, instead of the out.php redirect. On the front page, the titles go to the Vancouver Vibe page for the post (Digg links directly to the article on their overview pages), but I think I can live with that.

    I have a number of other feature requests (OpenID integration, RSS feeds for each individual tags, etc.), but I know that is often dependent on the software. Maybe there are plugins for these things? Something for me to look at before you take my suggestions too seriously. Thanks again for the update. Next time you have news about the site, you're welcome again to post about it here.

    I missed the opportunity to meet you at Launch Party (you weren't the only one I didn't know was attending!). Your blog will be a good place to announce your attendance at local tech events, so I'm sure we'll cross paths sometime!

    Submitted by naim786 on January 28, 2008 - 3:26pm.

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks so much for the feedback. A little confused though - did you mean you've linked the to your blog aggregator?

    Re: OpenID I don't think will work with architecture we're built on but that's something we will definitely look into. We currently offer RSS feeds for each category but not on for individual tags.

    We'll be at a few more events over the next couple months so hopefully we'll cross paths then!


    Local. Social. Unfiltered. VancouverVibe.

    Submitted by Richard Eriksson on January 28, 2008 - 4:15pm.

    We have an RSS aggregator that pulls in blogs by Vancouverites. Every time you post, within the hour, your post gets syndicated there. A few people use it as their source for what Vancouver bloggers are talking about, and I know of at least one person who uses it as sort of a "press wire" that they edit into a daily recap.

    Submitted by Ray on January 28, 2008 - 6:03pm.

    I know of at least one person who uses it as sort of a "press wire" that they edit into a daily recap.

    Where might we find this daily recap if we were looking, please?

    Submitted by Richard Eriksson on January 28, 2008 - 6:44pm.

    Sean Orr from Beyond Robson uses it one of his sources for Morning Brew material. I still don't know if he wants that kept secret, but I don't think he cares as where he gets his material is not what makes the Morning Brew what it is.

    Submitted by Raul (not verified) on January 28, 2008 - 10:10pm.

    Hi Richard and all,

    I do enjoy reading, and it's such a great place for Vancouver-centric content. If you guys don't mind, I'd like to post my response here to a very kind comment left on my blog as to why I'm a bit shy about posting my content directly to

    My response....

    Thanks for the kind words, Vancouver. I love ... I have found some of my readers actually come from there, and I am very honored and humbled that subscribers to would find my blog interesting.

    The thing is, I am a bit afraid of self-promotion. Quite frankly, I really enjoy reading what other people think about what I think, it's a very pleasant read (for example, someone submitted my review for The End Cafe and said something along the lines of "Raul seems to think that there's more to the End Cafe than meets the eye").

    That was very sweet to read, and I prefer much more to read what people think of my blog and when they link to my blog, than engaging in self-promotion). So that's why I was so excited to see some of my content posted there.

    But I prefer to leave it to kind souls to link to my blog rather than do the linking myself. It's (in my humble opinion) much more rewarding to find that someone found my content worthy of being linked to.

    Again, thanks so much for the feedback.

    Submitted by naim786 on January 30, 2008 - 2:10pm.

    Hi Raul,

    Thanks for your kind comments. Some people use their blogs to get their message out there, and for others blogging is more of a personal activity. So while I fully understand and appreciate your rationale behind not posting your stories on, I hope you'll post some meaningful stories from some of your favourite bloggers to!


    Thanks again for the kind and thoughtful post.


    Local. Social. Unfiltered. VancouverVibe.


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