The Scoop

A blog about what's new and changing on sacbee.com

March 24, 2010
A link to join Sacramento Connect, get your own toolbar

toolbar-stories.jpgSacramento Connect, a social media and linking network that uses the latest web technologies combined with Bee editing decisions, debuts Monday on sacbee.com and on other blogs and sites in the region. Click the screen grab to the right to view the toolbar that will be the glue that holds the network together. In this screen grab we show you what happens when you are reading a story and click the stories button: a small window offers you a list of related stories from the network, with a link to more related stories.

 

Each page of sacbee.com and our content-linking partners in Sacramento Connect will have the same toolbar.

 

Sacbee.com readers can start testing the toolbar on Monday. Please let us know what you think, and how we might improve Sacramento Connect and the toolbar.

 

Until then, check out a similar toolbar at the bottom of this site.

 

The Bee's motivation for creating this network is to attract additional readers drawn by the ease in finding related, quality content and the ability to share it through Facebook, Twitter and email via the toolbar. We intend to monetize the increased traffic, and are offering the same potential to Sacramento Connect partners. The Bee will also offer a mobile version of Sacramento Connect, with Bee web developers doing most of the work for partners that don't have mobile offerings.

 

There is no cost to join the network, and partners retain all rights to their content. The Bee simply gives each partner a line of javascript to allow the toolbar to appear on his/her blog or site. Partners don't need to do anything else except keep producing quality content. The Bee is interested in blogs or sites that regularly post, are transparent about sourcing and who is behind blog posts or site content. We are looking for blogs and sites that produce content on topics like state politics and commentary; state environmental issues; community news, issues and commentary in the Sacramento region; entertainment and things to do in Northern California; and other topics that are well reported and written that would appeal to Sacramento readers.

 

If you have a blog or site and would like to join the network, click here to apply. It will take about five workings days before you learn if your application has been approved, and for this first phase as we work out any bugs we won't be launching new partners on Sacramento Connect for about a month. We do intend to slowly grow the list of partners and improve how Sacramento Connect works.

 

Thursday, we'll discuss what Bee editors will be doing to highlight content from Sacramento Connect partners.  

 

 

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About The Scoop

The Scoop is a blog where the managers of sacbee.com talk about new initiatives and our plans for sacbee.com. You can reach us by at the e-mail addresses below or you can comment on our postings.

Tom Negrete is managing editor of The Bee and oversees the daily work of journalists who produce news content for the newspaper and sacbee.com. Negrete, who has been at The Bee since 1994, has served as assistant managing editor for business and sports, sports editor and assistant city editor. E-mail him at tnegrete@sacbee.com or reach him at (916) 321-1171.

Seán McMahon is The Bee's Director of Digital Media, overseeing the interactive efforts of the company. His e-mail is smcmahon@sacbee.com.

Linda Gonzales is digital team leader for Sacbee.com and has been an editor at The Bee since 1995. You can email her at lgonzales@sacbee.com.

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