At work today the head of our MR department shared a very interesting New York Times article with us – “‘Hyperlocal’ Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers” link. This article describes a new wave of Web-start up companies that are creating a whole new idea of the news as we know it.
Now what is a ‘hyperlocal’ site you may ask? Well don’t worry I asked myself the very same thing. ‘Hyperlocal’ news sites are website that allow users to choose their location and read the news happening right in their area. The news is often links to articles and blogs as well as local data that would be of interest to dwellers in that specific area. Most of these sites do not have their own journalists, but rather gather their information from other sources- definitely not your average news site.
Now I deeply love newspapers and hate to see the demise of print news, but these websites might be onto something. We have already seen the immense growth of social media and the legitimacy of blogs and tweets as sources of news, so why not sites customized to your specific region? Now I do not think all news as we know it is gone and lost forever but especially for local news, this might just work.
Currently most of the sites are only offered to the top U.S. cities. Now as I reside in Cleveland, there is not information currently available (surprising I know), but I did play around on EveryBlock stealing a friend’s Chicago address to use for my trial run and I was very impressed by what I saw. When using Wrigleyville as my location I learned of a dead goat found hanging on the Wrigley Harry Carey statue, 2 real estate listings, 1 theft, some business reviews and new business licenses, all from toda- April 13. There was also an archive of previous days news, in case you missed your local fix over Easter weekend.
Although not the international, in-depth news we all love and enjoy from traditional news sources, these new ‘hyperlocal’ sites provide customized, up-to-the-minute news that meets our need for knowing what is going on right now. Although still in the very beginnings of growth, I predict these sites will soon become forces to be reckoned with.
There is no doubt that living at home after college has its benefits. Although it is not the exciting jump into financial independence that we all look forward to, it does give you the ability to save up money to eventually move and live the life you would hope. Or so the story goes…. I have been living at home for 7 months now and have found that saving money is not as easy as it sounds. When you have little to no expenses and a steady paycheck coming in it can feel like you can spend and save whatever you want all at the same time. But sadly this is not exactly the case. That is way I decided to get minty.
Mint.com is a free online personal finance service. What Mint does is it uploads all of your credit card accounts, savings accounts, loans etc to one program and then looks at all of your transactions to see where your money is being spent. It shows you where your money is being spent, your trends in spending, and how you can save more money. It also lets you set personal budgets for different categories of spending and then will inform you if you go over any of your budgets or have unusual spending in any of your categories.
I am new to mint.com, but I can already feel the benefits of tracking my spending and helping my budgeting. I am not a person who would write down and analyze their finances, but with mint.com doing it for me I am able to see where I overspend and how to improve my spending habits. And the best part is I enjoy going on mint and working with my finances. Mint.com makes it fun to budget your money and I now confidently feel that I will be able to save more and understanding my spending habits better thanks to mint.
While exploring the Internet the other day I stumbled upon what may become one of my new favorite daily blog stops, The Sartorialist- http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/. This blog is written by Scott Schuman the former director of mens fashion at Bergdorf Goodman. After leaving Bergdorf to care of his daughter, Scott decided to start carrying his camera around and take pictures of fashion that is inspiring to him. His photos are mostly taken of people in New York, but he has also posted photos from around the world.
Although such a simple idea, the photos and comments on The Sartorialist are extremely inspiring. Scott shows that regular people can have fabulous style, and through his comments also shows us his personal fashion philosophy and views of the world. His photos show that inspiration can be drawn from everywhere and you can shop at anywhere from Saks to Salvation Army and still have fantastic style.
One day while expressing my frustration regarding downloading music and finding new artists to listen to an in-the-know friend of mine recommended a website to me, The Hype Machine- http://hypem.com/. Initially skeptical due to previous negative experiences related to online music sharing, I was hesitant to check out his recommendation. Once I did though, I was pleasantly surprised by the results. The Hype Machine is unlike other music site I have ever been to. It is a website that follows the music blogs and in which you can search and listen to posted MP3’s of different artists. Aside from simply searching the artisits you are interested in the website also lists the current most blogged artists, the most popular blogs and gives you search advice.
Since learning about this website I find myself frequenting it more and more, not only for the artists I am interested in finding, but also for new recommendations I had never heard before and simply for reading the discussions people post and what they have to say about the current music scene. This website is a great tool for anyone who is interested in music or finding new artists or remixes out there and if you are at all interested I suggest you check it out because yes, all the hype is true.