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Hello Friends, Family & Fellow Santa Barbarans!
After 3 years of hard work, we are very pleased today to announce our official launch!
City 2.0 is a new online town-center & news site for Santa Barbara. It is designed to encourage local conversation and participation, allowing local users to easily access an extensive variety of local headlines, as well as share, discuss and publish news, opinions, photos, sports and other local events. 'City2' provides a simple, fun and extremely democratic online platform built to enrich our local Santa Barbara experience!
Our goal is to help locals create and maintain a healthy community dialogue; to keep one another informed, and to provide a sustainable and simple citizen journalism mechanism to compliment and enhance our local news experience.
We are eager to add new features and ideas to City2 with the communities help and feedback, so please don't be shy to send us your input, ideas and critique - we dig it all.
Looking forward to seeing you around town (and online)!
-The City2 Team
Because local citizens should have the tools at their disposal to be informed, and to inform one-another. ‘City2’ provides easy-to-use tools for locals to write and publish ‘that Op-ed piece that the paper won’t print’, to share pictures from their trip to a snowy Camino Cielo, or to report eyewitness news as it happens.
Some Local Favorites
Some folks found out about City2 early - and they've been busy (being talented and awesome). Here are some of our most-read local bloggers:
'Santa Barbara Man About Goleta' Native Paul Rivas (aka 'Rivas Cultural Services') writes insightful and very entertaining stories about life in S.B. - with headlines like "40,000 Soft Young People Make Halloween In I.V. More Irrelevant Than Ever" and more recently, "Multiculturalism Gone Bad, Brought To You By Santa Barbara MTD ". Paul also reviewed multiple films for City2 at this years Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and wrote a fabulous piece about Nick Cavalier - so be sure to check out the rest of his blog.
An anonymous local nutritionist who quietly snaps covert shots of other peoples groceries, and breaks down the ins-and-outs of staying healthy in Santa Barbara. One of her most recent posts can be read here.
Local mother, entrepreneur, and proud baby-boomer Sue Levine is on a "never-ending trek to find what's great in Santa Barbara for the over-50 year olds". Check out these two recent posts: Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Wows Them At Victoria Hall and Pizza, Anyone?
Is a prime example of how diverse a City2 blog can be. 'A.N.S.' had great photos and coverage of the Tea Fire, SBIFF, and regularly posts sunset shots, art reviews, and news-happenings from around the city.
Spread the Word!
We rely on word-of-mouth to let folks know about City2. We would love it if you would help us get the word out to other locals! Do it!
Here's some more stuff you can do with City2:
Read Local Headlines
We provide Up-to-the-Minute aggregated News and Blog Headlines - from every local blog or news source we can find!
Our 'Headlines Page' includes the Santa Barbara Independent, EdHat, NoozHawk, Craig Smith, Santa Barbara Channels, The Daily Nexus, Blogabarbara & many more.
Not to mention all the amazing folks using City2's blog platform like 'Man About Santa Barbara' and 'The Undercover Nutritionist'.
Free Blogs for Locals
Free citizen blogs are available to everyone who signs up for a City2 account. We have built-in support for mobile, web and email submissions.
Things to do with your local blog:
- - Cover Breaking News.
- - Write Letters to the Editor.
- - Review a movie or performance.
- - TXT pics of the Sunset.
- - Keep a diary
- - Start a mobile surf-report
- - Publish Sports Scores
Santa Barbara Discussion Boards (forums)
Our community forums provide an easy-to-use venue for local conversations about anything from protests and City Council Elections, to local concerts and rants about cable-outages. You can check in with your fellow Santa Barbarans here quickly and easily.
City2 is Home-Grown
City2 was designed, and built here in Santa Barbara by locals, with the hope that we can help other locals to shape their own media experience.
Big Thank You!
And of course we'd like to thank our friends and family who have been patient with us for the last 3.5 years. We are very grateful.