October 16, 2007

Now Covering the Quinquage-State Area

by amy at 3:15 PM

When we decided to tout how our local news forums were performing, we thought we’d give them a bit of scale. In particular, we thought it was interesting that on a daily basis, the number of active, local forums on Topix now exceeds the number of daily newspapers in the United States. Now that’s saying something. That’s giving everyone the opportunity to participate in the news that matters to them.

In the last year, Topix has grown by any measure:

• We’ve moved up 6 spots in comScore’s News & Information category rankings, and are now #16
• We have DOUBLED (and then some) our daily forum posts to more than 70,000 comments a day since we launched our new platform in April (133% growth)
• Our two-week-old polls have generated more than 4,300 polls. Some silly. Some local: Henderson, TX; Whittmann, AZ; Hayti, MO; and Winnfield, LA. And some sublime.

A virtual printing press for every small town in America.

If you want to learn more about the local forums on Topix, you can catch us this week at two events: Chris Tolles is participating at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco tomorrow, and Blake Williams will be in Toronto for the Online News Association’s annual confab, participating in a panel on managing online communities.

October 4, 2007

New Features! Top Picks, Polls, and Car Seats

by torres at 3:03 PM

Top Picks

Thousands of Topics x Hundreds of News Stories x Hundreds of Forum Discussions = A Lot of Content Every Day

But what's the best stuff on Topix? Until now, its been hard (even for us) to pinpoint the latest and greatest across the site. The new "Top Picks" feature is helping change that. Starting today, at the top of all our pages, you'll find three columns of hand-picked goodness. From breaking news to Britney Spears, we’re putting it all just a single click away.

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Topix Polls

Polls

Star Wars or Star Trek?

How much is too much for a cup of coffee: $1? $2? $5?

These burning questions, and many, many more will be asked and answered in the new Topix Polls. You can find all the hottest polls here, and don't forget to look for the "Featured Poll" on your favorite topic pages.

Oh, did I forget to mention that you can create your own polls? Right now? About anything you want? You can.

Local Weather And Traffic

Weather & Traffic

Local News & Talk without Weather & Traffic is like a car without seats. Sure, it's possible -- but it's just not right. We added seats (okay, Weather & Traffic) to your Local page. Now you don’t have an excuse for getting caught in traffic without your umbrella... or car seats.