Information Today
Volume 18, Issue 2 February 2001
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LocalWeb4U.com Portal Is Unveiled

The Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University and Ivy Tech State College (Indiana) have announced the launch of their collaborative effort, LocalWeb4U.com. By localizing the Internet, the LocalWeb4U.com portal enables businesses, nonprofits, and individuals to interact in a specific geographic location on the Internet.

Those using the LocalWeb4U.com portal will find Web sites in a community relevant to them. According to the announcement, the free, simple search process is focused on the individual needs of end-users, allowing them to search for information, goods, and services in their hometown or any geographic area without wading through the irrelevant links that traditional search engines display. LocalWeb4U nationally places coordinators in communities of all sizes to facilitate the selling of local advertising and to drive site usage.

"LocalWeb4U is the portal to people's hearts in communities across the country," said Joe Clark, CEO of LocalWeb4U.com. "We have put a face with the Internet, and, as a result, we have become the best option for local businesses and nonprofit organizations to reach local people."

LocalWeb4U allows users to interact with fellow community members by submitting local news, sports scores, and events to the site. These submissions fill the portal's Your Community section, which keeps members informed and connected.

LocalWeb4U awards "Upoints" to those members who submit information or visit advertisers' Web sites and/or physical store locations. Upoints are redeemable for merchandise, chances to win prizes, or contributions to a charity. Nonprofits that earn Upoints can redeem them for items such as connectivity, office equipment, or cash donations.

Source: LocalWeb4U.com, Anderson, IN, 765/683-9436; http://www.localweb4u.com.

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