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In addition to posting about our recent upgrades, we wanted to give a big thanks to everyone who helped make 2009 into a great first year for City2.
As you may already know, we officially launched with a good bit of awesomeness in February with extensive and unique coverage of the 2009 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. When the Jesusita fire struck, City2 was one of the most visited and valued local sites for fire information anywhere. Residents freely posted pictures from their phones, updated the community about fire boundaries and shared maps (and other crucial information). Our combination of news aggregation and citizen blogging was cited by many as an essential source of information during this difficult time.
Now that it's 2010 we find ourselves a part of something big. City2 has grown into a dynamic local blog network that is over 250 citizens strong. Santa Barbarans are using our publishing platform to read and write about everything from thoughtful political analysis (see Dick Flacks aka Step By Step) to the humorous post-multicultural observations of 'Santa Barbara Man About Goleta'. Not to mention all the other 'City2ers' reviewing local eateries (and sometimes their restrooms), movies, parks etc. We even have a 'quasi-daily' cartoon, the 'Bellicose and Bucolic' (courtesy of artist Saul Gray-Hildenbrand).
Here at 'City2 headquarters' (which looks more like a converted toolshed than you'd think), we've been working hard to make the site meaningful for our fellow Santa Barbarans'. As natives ourselves, we're thrilled to be part of a community project that helps all of us normal (but secretly amazing) folks participate in the local news and information ecosystem.
If it's been a while since your last visit, make sure and check out this post about all the awesome system upgrades that we quietly introduced in December, including enhanced user profiles, Twitter support, better mobile posting and all sorts of other goodies.
Now is as a great time to re-visit your City2 account. Set up your phone to post sunset photos, blog about something you care about, or report breaking news from around town (It's addicting).
We are honored to continue to host some of Santa Barbara's best talent. Individuals with integrity, wit, heart and a common belief that by sharing, we make our (unusually beautiful) corner of the world a better place.
We'd like to sincerely thank everyone (bloggers, critics, press, sponsors and commenters) who has been involved in the evolution of City2 over the past year.
Publisher/Founder | City2