Local Facts and Stats from This We Know

ThisWeKnow is the featured site from today’s Netted email and looks like a great resource for local bloggers.  (Netted is a daily email that features an interesting and usually very useful website each day).

ThisWeKnow is a website that takes all kinds of data from government sources and lets you search by location – city or zip code.  The front page also offers a nice set of lists about different topics such as which city has the least toxins or is the most nomadic.

ThisWeKnow mission statement:

Our mission is to present the information the U.S. government collects about every community. By publishing this data in an easy to understand and consistent manner, we seek to empower citizens to act on what’s known.

ThisWeKnow can be a great resource for local bloggers looking for some fun facts about their cities or could be a great place to find some information to compare cities.  These lists of cities can be a great starting point for discussions about what makes your different from others.

Here are some of the facts I learned about Pittsburgh from a search on ThisWeKnow:

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Is Big Box News for the Little Bloggers

Blogpost from The Hyperlocalist (a new blog about local news online) which argues that the big media outlets entering the local news area is good for everyone.

via When Big Box meets hyperlocal news « The Hyperlocalist.

via  Hyperlocal Blogger

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Is Localwashing Is The New Greenwashing?

Here is an interesting article from thh CSRwire (Corporate Social Responsibility) blog by Jeffrey Hollender who is the founder of SeventhGeneration.

Hollander looks the idea of local washing as a response to the localvore movement.

CSRwire Talkback – Localwashing Is The New Greenwashing.

I think that local bloggers have a huge role to play in helping to identify and support products and businesses that are from their communities.

Not only can bloggers share information about local businesses but local businesses can use blogging to educate their shoppers about their products and business practices.

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Short Code for adding Google Maps to WordPress Digging into WordPress

Here is a nice post from the blog Digging into WordPress on some short code for adding a Google Map to a blog post.  Yes, Google Maps does offer an iframe but sometimes the post editor changes the code and the map gets lost.  Here is another solution –  Google Maps Shortcode  from Digging into WordPress.

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The Name of the Game

Hello World.  I thought it would be a good idea to explain the name of this new blog.  The Fourth Place is a reference to the concept of the third place.  From Wikipedia:

The third place is a term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. In his influential book The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg (1989, 1991) argues that third places are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place.

I have been talking about setting up a blog about local blogging and the idea of a local community connecting via the internet.  Thankfully one of my friends suggested The Fourth Place as a name for this idea of local communities that are connecting online.  So you have work, home, a third place and now the fourth place is your local online community.

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