Thursday January 17, 2008

The Miami Herald has launched miami.com beta, a city guide-cum-shot at internet relevancy, and it looks promising. There is great content, including a listing of artist with studios open to the public, a collection of old-Miami attractions, and a guide to the best of the food trucks. Most interesting though is the social-networking overlay, which allows the creation of MySpace-like profies, commenting, and whatnot, all tied to a point system that rewards active users.

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  1. Duran    Thu Jan 17, 11:28 AM #  

    I’ve got to admit I feel threatened.



  2. mkh    Thu Jan 17, 11:52 AM #  

    The admin/profile editing pages are a little wacky, and I noticed that you don’t actually need to enter all the starred fields before submitting the form, but it looks like a good effort. Besides, I had wondered if they were ever going to do anything with Miami.com.



  3. mkh    Thu Jan 17, 11:59 AM #  

    I just had another thought. I don’t see anything regarding ownership or copyright on user-provided material (uploaded photos, reviews, etc.). Do you have any idea if posting a photo on a Herald-owned site gives them the rights to that photo?

    Perhaps I should just send a note to their admins.



  4. Herald    Thu Jan 17, 12:50 PM #  

    Email fixme@miami.com with any bugs you find or questions.



  5. adam    Fri Jan 18, 12:08 AM #  

    how sweet is the food truck reviews! most cities fine these guys for operating without a license. makes me happy to see them getting an official nod.



  6. tjl    Fri Jan 18, 10:19 AM #  

    The food truck reviews are by Dan Brody.. operator of Daily Cocaine
    http://dailycocaine.blogspot.com/

    an excellent blog, first brought to my attention by Alesh (thanks!).



  7. button    Sat Jan 19, 01:42 AM #  

    It’s called “Miami-dot-com,” and I think you should keep it in Miami.

    The Miami Herald does not own Broward County nor does The Miami Herald have any right to know any personal information about me, such as my email or phone number, etc. I have my own blog on which I can say what I want; The Miami Herald does not control what I say.

    The Herald is never going to own me. Please keep your new web gadget in Miami.

    Sadly, The Herald has very much become a part of the problem instead a part of the solution.

    PS: I don’t think you should be promoting cocaine and I don’t find this amusing.



  8. Miami Danny    Sun Jan 20, 02:49 PM #  

    Hey button. The Miami Herald already owns you. They’re in your head, button.



  9. button    Sun Jan 20, 11:12 PM #  

    I’m sorry I went off on a rant like that, but they really aggravated me with the registration harassment.

    I’ve been buying The Herald every Sunday since I moved down here a couple of years ago. I don’t think they should be antagonizing the dwindling English-literate population still living in the area like that.

    I buy it, but I don’t read much of it. No, they’re not in my head. They don’t really intersect with my orbit very much.