Sunday, December 30, 2007

Duke City Fix on Ning

Duke City Fix
, an Albuquerque focused blog, made the move to several weeks ago. (Ning is a fairly new free online service for creating, customizing and sharing Social Networks that was co-founded by Netscape founder Marc Andreesen.)

Duke City Fix has been pretty prominent in New Mexico's blogging community, and was recently featured on Ning's own community blog -- it's still on the Ning front page at the moment.

Duke City Fix makes me want to roadtrip to Albuquerque, NM. I found out about it from this article in the New Mexico Business Journal which I found out from, well, the Internet.

The focus of Duke City Fix is on local blogs - including a really comprehensive blogroll put together using our Page feature - groups, and discussions. They do a beautiful presentation of Flickr for photos from the Main page. If they wanted, they could also set up Flickr importing directly into Duke City Fix, but it looks great and they have an established Flickr community, so if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Chantal created Duke City Fix and her profile has the best summary of why she loves Albuquerque:

I love Albuquerque's long history and rough edges -- the chaos, the culture, the hole-in-the-wall eateries. I also love supposedly "bad" neighborhoods and anything off the menu that people call "strange."

That just rocks. The opportunity for local social networks is a pretty profound one and - with two and a half years under their belt as a blog - Duke City Fix is an inspiration.

Chantal and the group seem to get the real possibility of using today's technologies for connecting people and building community.

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