In the Loop is Changing
In December of 2009, maxnd.com launched In the Loop as an alternative information and notice system for the Max community. At that time, the system was designated as a medium for disseminating urgent short-notice news items and announcements, such as notifying residents of planned power outages, short-notice cancellation of community events, or other vital information important to the community. As stated then, In the Loop was developed as,
"a service to the community that will quickly and efficiently distribute information that area residents would like to know about. It is not intended as an emergency communication system or, conversely, a social news source. It is simply aimed at letting people know about events or information that may be pivotal to the progression of their day or week."
Now, however, In the Loop is loosening up a bit. It is still available for all the original purposes. Adding to its usefulness, In the Loop will now be available for social notifications that are difficult to disseminate in other ways. For example, is your organization looking for volunteers to help with an event next month? Send a notice out through In the Loop. Are you seeking participants for a local 10K run? Let people know through In the Loop. Has your group garage sale grown since you put the classified ad in the local paper? You know what to do! In the Loop is hoping to help you reach more or different people than you might reach through traditional sources (newspaper ads, posters, etc.), thereby bringing the community closer by "spreading the word."
In the Loop service will be provided to those who sign up for it. There is no charge for participation. If you have already signed up for email delivery or an RSS feed of the Max News, or if you are a "friend of Max, ND" on facebook, you don't need to sign up any further. Information will be delivered to you through those routes. If you have not yet signed up, there are actually four ways to do so. However, be aware that the route you choose affects how soon you will receive your information. The information routes available and the speeds at which you will receive information through them are summarized below:
- News Blog: The Max, North Dakota News Blog (http://www.maxnorthdakota.blogspot.com/) is the source to which all information is originally posted. You do not need to sign up for any automatic information route if you simply want to log on to this site from time to time. Information can be seen here by anyone as soon as it has been published. Going to this original source will be the best place to turn for up-to-the-minute information. For instance, if a snowstorm has moved in and you want to know if the evening's planned Christmas Tree Lighting in downtown Max has been canceled, just log on to check for updates. You can access the news blog by clicking on the above link, or by clicking on "News Blog" under the Max News drop-down menu on any page of the maxnd.com website. All of the following notification routes feed off of the News Blog. It is fine to sign up for one or all three delivery routes—
- facebook: If you are a "friend of Max, ND" on facebook, information should come through to you within a half hour or less of when it was posted. This is the fastest route for receiving automatic information. To see us on facebook, click on the "Find us on Facebook" icon at left.
- RSS feed: If you receive your information through an RSS feed, it may take one-half to two hours for information to post, depending on the feed service you choose. If you are interested in signing up for an RSS feed, please see the sign-up at left that says "Subscribe in a reader."
- Email notification: Notices posted to your email can actually be the slowest route of delivery. They may take up to 24 hours to come to you, though they usually will come through within two hours or less. This is a good way to receive notices that you are not expecting. However, it is a good idea to check the news blog or facebook if you are looking for a weather-related cancellation or other such announcement.
- Twitter: In the Loop notices are now also linked to Twitter.
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