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Google Mapplet

[update: this is now included in the Google Mapplet directory 🙂 which is here ]

If you’re a fan of Google maps, you may know that Google recently added the ability to include ‘Mapplets’ on your personal map page.

Basically these allow you to include other content that you may find useful, such as traffic, weather, real estate and – of course – nightlife!

We’ve created our own Thursday Club mapplet, which you can include on your own maps. If you can’t find it in the Google directory of mapplets, you can add it by entering the URL on the ‘add content’ page. The address is:

http://www.thursdayclub.com/city/tc_mapplet.xml

Right now the number of cities and venues is limited to a selection from the main Thursday Club site, but we’ll be adding more shortly, so you should see the list grow as you use it.

We hope you find this useful – especially when travelling or stuck in a strange land somewhere 😉

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Collactive

Depending on your point of view, Collactive is either a naughty way to game the system, or an interesting way of ‘pushing’ hot topics out to interested readers. Born of the ashes of an Israeli spam fighting team, the system allows you to create a link to an article, video, website etc and push out an ‘APB’ promoting it. The idea being that you can push up stories on Digg, Reddit, the BBC and so on.

I came across it when researching alternative promotional methods for the site (created a sample link here). I’m not sure that the gaming system itself can’t be gamed. Or that large volumes won’t swamp people with too much info. However, if they then allow subscription by channel, tag or interest then that has a lot of potential and removes a lot of the passive (and time-consuming) searching for interesting items that people do now on sites like Digg.

There’s a widget too. Not sure if this will work:

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Add your own venues!

It’s been a long time coming (ok, since 1999 but who’s counting 😉 ), but we’ve added the ability for you to add your own favourite venues to the Thursday Club site. Until now, the list of venues and cities available had been limited to those which the core team had added.

Unfortunately, we aren’t very scalable – well, our waistlines are – but, even given we travel a reasonable amount, there were only so many places we could realistically cover by ourselves.

So .. subject to a couple of caveats, you can now add your own bars, clubs, restaurants and so on.

There is a wizard that steps you through the process, and you get the chance to pinpoint the location on a map, upload pictures and so on.

You will need to be logged in as a member, and new venues are marked as requiring moderation (although they appear in searches, city lists and so on). They will still require one of the TC admins to review and amend/update/ok/delete as appropriate before achieving ‘official’ status.

Anyway, we think this is a great opportunity to really grow the list of venues we cover on the site, and open up to much more of a community effort.

Best of luck, and please let us know if you find any issues – it is still a new process and might be a bit creaky 😉 Also, if you have any suggestions for making things easier or more seamless, please let us know too.

You can find the link to add a new venue from the main site menu (top left), or in various areas of the site, such as the news tabs.

Or, this is the direct link.

Thanks for your help and happy adding 🙂

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Member reviews

Well, it’s only taken us about 6 years and 3 versions of the site but there’s finally the ability for members to add reviews 🙂

Previously you could only add comments (you still can – this is available to non-members too). Now members can also add a fuller review, with scores for service, atmosphere, food, wyd etc. You can also add ‘plus’ and ‘minus’ facts along with a summary. Pretty much the same as a standard Thursday Club review.

These reviews show on the homepage and are all available from the venue page.

Still working on the ‘my reviews’ part of the members section, so just a link to the profile for the mo.

Over to you guys 🙂

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Cybertwin. Come chat with the robot us!

Given that we often find coherent conversation tough to manage – especially after a large night out – the CyberTwin service seems particularly apt, and allows us to stay tucked up in bed too!

If you check out the Thursdayclub profile page (here), you’ll
find a link to our CyberTwin, who will do the talking on our behalf. We’ve trained the personality to be particularly rude, so should be an accurate reflection of the real thing 🙂

Nah, we’re quite nice really, but still happy to let roboto us take the load off 😉

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Where is everyone?

Doh! Been a mad couple of weeks with everyone variously somewhere between Hong Kong, Sydney, Brisbane and London. Luckily Karim’s been doing his duty and updating Hong Kong for us. Bad news is development’s been ‘paused’, but we’ll get there. Actually not a lot to do pre-end of Beta, so bear with us. Plan now is for this weekend. I knew promising a date would get me in trouble 🙂

Some good coverage of the maps stuff though, so not all bad 😉

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More map fun

So, some more mapping goodness, which hopefully will be handy. There’s a complete mashup at www.thursdayclub.com/maps which includes every city with a venue, and every venue (that’s been geocoded anyway – China is still an issue). You can add a number of venues to a map and then print it out. Handy to take away when you’re visiting a new city, or on a night out if you get lost 🙂

On the maps for every venue it now shows nearby venues too, in case you’d like to do a bit of a bar crawl, or fancy a drink before dinner, or a dance after (you get the idea ;-)).

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