Archive for June 2009

Breaking Tweets happy to join ChicagoNow

More and more often, when news breaks, it breaks on Twitter. And Twitter without fail is a place to find immediate reaction to news stories around the world. I noticed these trends when I founded Breaking Tweets, “World News, Twitter-Stlye,” in late January. The site consists of editors who sift through hundreds of tweets daily... Read more »

Got Pride, Chicago-style?

ChicagoNow is here, queer and blogging about Pride Weekend. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, the event that kicked off the U.S. LGBT rights movement. Nearly half-a-century after the fact, however, we’re still fighting for gay marriage, devastated by the recent Prop8 rulings, and upset with the Obama... Read more »

ChicagoNow SEO strong out of the gate

It appears that is off to a great start in regards to Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The first indication as to how well Google ‘likes’ the new site was shown yesterday morning when the Google Toolbar PageRank was assigned for the first time to ChicagoNow. What was ChicagoNow’s score? A PageRank 7 out of... Read more »

Chicago bloggers weigh in on Hal Turner's arrest

Hal Turner was arrested Wednesday for entries he had posted on his personal blog. Turner, known for his white supremacist views, allegedly threatened to murder three federal appeals court judges in Chicago following their recent ruling upholding handgun ban. On his blog, Turner had included photos of the judges and addresses for them, with statements... Read more »

My favorite blog is...

Since we unveiled the site in May, many people have asked what my favorite blog is. “I don’t have a favorite,” I reply. “Oh come on, everyone has a favorite,” they say. But I don’t. I like each of our 50 blogs for 50 different reasons. Here’s a few: CTA Tattler and Parking Ticket Geek... Read more »

ChicagoNow Updated - New Homepage!

We made some updates to the site this afternoon. The most noticeable is the introduction of our new homepage. Still very much a work in progress, but take a look and tell us what you think. Among the additions: An area for community managers to feature favorite entries of the day A daily featured blogger... Read more »

The official inside scoop on ChicagoNow

Tonight I was treated to my first Beatblogging podcast, courtesy of District 299 founder and blogger Alexander Russo, who recently joined ChicagoNow and emailed me the link. I’ve followed the site for a while and consider it a tremendous resource for bloggers and journalists looking for a tip sheet on how to leverage social media... Read more »

Site update tonight

We’re updating the site this evening. Users shouldn’t experience any downtime, but it’s possible you’ll see a few weird things on the site between now and 7 p.m. or so. Once we’re done, you’ll notice: An updated version of our test homepage at Fixed userpic and username links in blog comments Some tweaks to... Read more »

ChicagoNow development update

This week we’re rolling out several more blogs, covering topics including fashion, health, parenting, food and politics from both sides of the aisle. Today we will be one huge step closer towards lifting the “beta” off our site. Our developer, Byrne Reese,  will drop a new release this afternoon to address many bug issues and... Read more »

Media debate heats up this week

Lou Grant over at Chi-Town Daily News has an interesting analysis today on the shifting sands of Chicago’s media landscape in the wake of a report released this week by the Community Media Workshop that has provided ample opportunity for discussion and debate. While ChicagoNow was absent from the report (we’re still beta, baby), Grant’s... Read more »