Suggestions for navigating REALNEO content

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 07/18/2006 - 23:58.

As real NEO is a huge place, with years of content or every sort on a broad range of subjects from 100s of sources, I thought I'd share some of my experiences navigating this community.

First off, remember you can simply "Search" the site for any keyword... go to SEARCH here.

If I'm browsing rather than searching, the first thing I check out is the center column of recent posts to see what's new - always surprising.

Then, I watch the blocks... in the right margin top are comments - those are always fascinating, and I like to interact with the other members here.

Then we have today's popular content, and below that is especially revealing... "Last Viewed". You may not realize that REALNEO gets 100,000s of hits a month from all over the world, and postings are also published to a huge number of news-readers and aggregators around the world - we're read in CEO aggregators, and Technorati, and urban planning sites - the RSS feeds 1,000s of minds a day... and the technology searches like a dream... post something today and it is on google in 24 hours... "Last Viewed" shows what the world is actually reading on realneo real-time, so I'm fascinating what people are reading about NEO at any moment, as that is our imprint world-wide... at the moment I'm writing this the world is reading:

Active Foum Posts could be exciting if we used forums more centrally - most of the realneo content gets posted as pages, blogs or events so forums don't change as ofter... we'll make better use of this content type in the future.

Then, there's "My Buddy List" - I use the internat messaging alot and putting friends into the buddy column makes then easy to find... below the list it their most recent posts.

Below that is a feed of content from other NEO blogs, which could stand for some updating.

In the left top block is the Forum navigation - these are in categories, which need to be ipdates, but here is where to go see the lists of forums by category, and add forum topics - check them out.

Below we have search, and then upcoming events, whch are not very complete these days, as people are not posting them... I can't keep up with my own events much less everyone elses so pleae add these yourself.

Below is the very important "Navigation Block" - of course you should be familiar with all these links... if not, take a look. With the upcoming upgrades to the REALNEO technology, and if you decide to become a REALNEO editor or admin, you will have lots more of these to navigate... as an admin, I have dozens, at several levels.

Then we have a block that says "Who's On-line" and even now, at 1:37 AM, there are 10 people on REALNEO, including three of my buddies... if I want to say hi, I can click on their name and the contact tab and send them a message... that is a very useful feature.

All that said, I skipped over the top left navigation menu, of the primary "sustainability" community topics... like the sections of a newspaper... and the top right menu has quick links to

calendar   create content   forums   blogs   RSS feeds   updates   search   about

    contact REALNEO

   updates  is especially useful to see what's happened on REALNEO when. A huge number of people go to "about" so that is an area in need of more attention.

That's enough pointers for now... and since I've been writing this, in the last few minutes, here's what others have been doing at realneo...

2006/07/19 - 1:46am blogs
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2006/07/19 - 1:46am Resources on Early Child Development and Economic Development
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2006/07/19 - 1:45am Cleveland Institute of Art - One of NEO's Greatest Forces in Economic Development
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2006/07/19 - 1:45am Forest City invests in Illinois Technology Innovation Campus
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2006/07/19 - 1:45am content
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2006/07/19 - 1:45am 02.04.05 City Club: Save the Children’s Dennis Walto; Tsunamis of Hope
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2006/07/19 - 1:44am content
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2006/07/19 - 1:44am Next Steps to the powerful Economics of Early Childhood Development Forum are HERE!
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2006/07/19 - 1:44am You are invited to a REALNEO orientation session at Case/REI
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2006/07/19 - 1:44am blogs
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2006/07/19 - 1:43am City Club 12.17.04: Can Nonprofits Rebuild the Trust of Their Giving Communities?
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2006/07/19 - 1:43am Is AHL a good enough sub for NHL?
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2006/07/19 - 1:43am Kevin Cronin's blog
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2006/07/19 - 1:43am ? of the day: what should happen with East Bank of Flats?
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2006/07/19 - 1:43am 03.11.05 Art@Buzz: A Bright Future for Andrew Kaletta
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2006/07/19 - 1:42am International Trade and Foreign-Trade Zone 181 Workshop
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2006/07/19 - 1:42am VUE 9:00 FRIDAYS FOR LATIN DANCE
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2006/07/19 - 1:42am Lough Dough Holiday Show
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2006/07/19 - 1:41am turbine tower
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2006/07/19 - 1:41am TAKE ACTION: Support Transportation Sustainability Champion - Shop #1 Ohio City Cycles for holidays
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2006/07/19 - 1:40am Poet of the day: Chris Abani
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2006/07/19 - 1:40am City Club membership discount through end of December!
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2006/07/19 - 1:40am Wind Innovation and Manufacturing Opportunities in Northeast Ohio
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2006/07/19 - 1:39am blog
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2006/07/19 - 1:39am Steven Litt is slowing down ODOT's "Racing to design a new bridge for I-90". Hallelujah!
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2006/07/19 - 1:39am How Matco Tools is Building a Management Training and Development Program from the Ground Up
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2006/07/19 - 1:38am Child Development
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