the Mana bar closure – a case study in the evolution of a news story and more evidence of Fairfax plagiarism

the Mana bar closure – a case study in the evolution of a news story and more evidence of Fairfax plagiarism

I rarely know which of the articles I write will resonate with audiences. In most cases I write about what I see on walks around my home suburb simply to document it as social history. It may interest a few fellow locals who, like me, watch the opening and closing of shops and businesses over time with benign interest.…

Fitzroyalty is now location aware

Fitzroyalty is now location aware

I wrote only a few days ago that my 5 year dream to make Fitzroyalty a location aware site was still unrealised. This initiated a Twitter conversation with fellow blogger and WordPress enthusiast Phil Lees, author of The Last Appetite, and he quickly created one of the missing links I had described – software to allow location aware devices to dynamically interact with geotagged content.…

a review of Melbourne local government online communications

a review of Melbourne local government online communications

In 2009 I reviewed and compared all the inner metropolitan Melbourne local government websites. I’m now going to do the same for the broader online presences for the same local governments. Some have replaced their websites in this time, and most demonstrate that they are investing more in trying to communicate with the people they represent.…

introducing the Flipboard Fitzroy business Twitterstream

introducing the Flipboard Fitzroy business Twitterstream

For years now I have maintained a Twitter list of Fitzroy businesses and organisations, and it now numbers almost one hundred accounts. I use it to occasionally browse through the stream without having to follow them all directly. I also used to aggregate it in the hyperlocal news sites I used to publish but I had to abandon that as Twitter stopped supporting RSS as an export format, and I eventually deleted all the hyperlocal sites.…

hyperlocal is over

Almost three years ago I started publishing hyperlocal news sites that aggregate content from multiple blogs that contain information about inner city Melbourne suburbs, such as restaurant reviews and art exhibition details. I eventually built ten of these sites and they have continued to grow, which is threatening to overwhelm the disk space available in my web hosting package.…