It should come as no surprise that more and more local newspapers are having a hard time sticking around. We’ve been hearing about the decline of the newspaper industry for years now, and a lot of local newspapers are trying to increase their online presence in an attempt to stay relevant. Let’s face it, newspapers may be struggling, but local news is still important, and with resources like Patch, newspapers are going to continue to struggle at their own game.
Patch is a site that aims to provide local news and information (like business listings, events, etc.) online, and it does this by using select people who live in the locations as editors. This means that the local information will be put together by locals, and since Patch is all about the community, readers can participate by submitting content. As of right now, Patch is only available in select cities in a handful of states in the United States, but this method of bringing some organization and editorial direction to local content could help Patch to take off.
I’m always on the lookout for new places to go in the city where I live. Just like everyone else, I have my personal set of businesses that I visit whenever I need to grab a bite to eat, do some shopping, and so on. While what I’m familiar with has been good to me, I know that there are plenty of other options out there, and if I only knew about them, then I’d probably be interested in checking them out. When it comes time to discover new places to go, it’s usually always a good idea to listen to what other locals have to say, and Yokl’d will provide you with that information.
This site is yet another Digg clone, but it focuses on local businesses. Just enter the location that you’re interested in and see if any businesses are available for you to learn more about. The community submits the businesses, and they then vote on them. The businesses with the most votes are obviously preferred by the users, but you can also get more details about a particular business by looking at the comments. Are they positive or negative? All of this information combined will help you to figure out which local businesses are worth your time and money.