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rangutan

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Posted: 2010-04-11 04:58:00   

Hi, I hope to get back into GLOBO again as soon as I can travel. There are so many ideas I have, also how to promote the web site.

1) I'd like to be able order GLOBO posters, calenders, mouse-pads, postcards and even coffe-cups. This is very easy, Andy need creat an account at DeviantArt (or another) and upload the content to DeviantArt. They do all the oders, printing and shipping, Andy (or the artist/photographer) gets 10% of the turnovrer. My account as an example: http://rangutan.deviantart.com/gallery/

2) I wish we had a flag-counter on our profile pages:
[URL=http://flagcounter.com/more/TnGG][IMG]http://flagcounter.com/count/TnGG/bg=F7F7F7/txt=000000/border=0A0A0A/columns=3/maxflags=12/viewers=0/labels=1/pageviews=1/[/IMG][/URL]

3) How about a 10-year anniversary GLOBObash in Munich next summer? We could use CouchSurfing for free accomodation. Andy should sponsor a barge down the Isar river? I am willing to organise it.

4) We need this for our references on other sites and blogs so that a link (URL) will work everywhere forever.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permalink

5) we always hoped Andy would install a "tagging" system for pictures now that the gallery is getting so large. Useful older pictures get lost in the masses :-( We can already search geographically by place but imagine being able to search by subject like castle, lion, bushman, flower, cactus, eclipse, carnival, scuba, aircraft, music, streetart ....
I tried doing this by "themes" but it is too much work!

6) The "groups" are very inactive and hidden. We are ONE group? How about going back to the "Forums" structure/format we had before?

7) Rating is very important. One quarter of pictures uploaded the last year during my absence were never rated even once! I am willing to catch up with rating everything but the list of never-rated pics must be eliminated first. Who can help?
2878 pictures, gallery pages 2878 till 3002 example:
http://www.globosapiens.net/gallery/pics-3000.html
Why do members upload almost identical pics? Some should be deleted? Point-hunting? :-(

... your feelings/comments greatly appreciated

[edited by rangutan at 2010-01-02 17:07]

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Posted: 2010-04-11 04:58:00   

Rudi,

Excellent ideas! I would like a GLOBO coffee mug, please :)
We could do calendars featuring POMs, for example.

I am so for the bash in Munich - summertime would be best, of course. Count me in! Yeah!!

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Posted: 2010-04-11 04:58:00   

Perfect idea Rudi, but let us know ways in advance to helplanning. (we are all travellers)

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Posted: 2010-04-11 04:58:00   

Wow, Rudi, it's going its way! ;-) Keep us informed, okay?
Liebe Grüße - Petra


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Posted: 2010-04-11 04:58:00   

Rudi, how good to see you at GLOBO. Your idea is great.
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Posted: 2010-04-11 04:58:00   

Hi Rudi, I suggested a Grand Globo Gathering some time ago but it would be a virtual impossibility now that there are so many members spread across the world, still worth thinking about though, maybe other members could make suggestionson it's viability, I for one, would be interested but some members would have to travel thousands of miles, a costly exercise in the present economic climate, a big lottery would help! Tony.

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Posted: 2010-04-11 04:58:00   

Hey, thankx for the replies, seems there is still a lot of power behind GLOBO :-) I see the unrated pics are 418 less unrated pics than four weeks ago so we will be able to eliminate the rest with a bit of effort.

I have thought of more ways that we can promote GLOBO, I hope that Andy can tell us what is possible and what isn't and how much time he has for this website among his other projects.

There is a new competing travel site http://backpackersgalaxy.ning.com/
I assume we have enough head start and that they will be limited to Sub-Saharan Africa but there are some interesting features there like uploading of videos (we wouldn't want clips more than 3 minutes) and connections to the social networks. Not all good, I don't like their idea of allowing business accounts...

Our traffic according to Alexa.com is doing well but rating is horribly down as the internet grows. Remember to use links leading to GLOBO where you can and in blogs/PMs too. If the URL is too long then use www.tinyurl.com to get a shorter link...

We need tips on how to keyword best. How does Google find our images? Why do we have so many fans in India (15% :-)?

Does anyone have more ideas of how to promote the site? I would like to invest a lot more time in it as long as it continues to to expand.

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Posted: 2010-04-11 04:58:00   

OK, I understand!

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Posted: 2010-04-11 04:58:00   

8) To promote GLOBO generally or your own pictures, create an account at this very popular visual bookmarking website, install the "I love it" tool, give the pictures tags according to subjects and millions of people can find it and love it too. My account for example: http://weheartit.com/rudi88

... oh, this is not copying but "linking"! But if anyone is against it please let us know...

[edited by rangutan at 2010-04-11 04:58]

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Posted: 2010-04-12 01:46:00   

9) Can we bring back the map onto the main page?
We could add a 80x50 thumbnail of it in the left-hand menu just under "Member Snaps" Clicking on the mini-map would take visitors too http://www.globosapiens.net/travel-guides.html which is currently hidden :-(

10) I found the link now to "Hall-of-Fame" :-)
It was sent to me via email when I won PoM. Could we have a link to it in the left-hand menu too?

11) The left hand menu should be extended generally to show up to 9 "Online" members and how many guests (guests could be just a random number based on Alexa info or between 0 and 99 changing every hour?) Atleast 9 guests must ALWAYS be online so if there are less than 9 (or 3) members online the names
guest
guest
guest
appears if less than 9 members are on-line.
More counters?
More "Member snaps", like 25?

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