Since yesterday the journalistic Twitterati around the world have been very busy commenting about The Guardian Media Groups project - n0ticeboard.
One of the most interesting trials could be a new hyperlocal service called n0tice that the company is putting through its paces.
The site, which is currently running in invite-only beta, is an attempt to create a publishing platform based on location — and it uses the metaphor of a community noticeboard to get there. People can sign up to create their own board, customize it, leave messages, place small ads, anything they like. In a way it harks back to the days of BBS, but with all the bells and whistles you might expect from a website in 2011.
Some months ago a few UK local blogs joined a 'beta' test group for this project, FormbyFirst was among that group. Since then individual bloggers have been adding examples of Reports, Events and Offers in each of our local catchment areas. The web site is continuing to develop.
At moment I can't tell you when the service will go live or not, but I do have an 'invite' to give to someone. Write to me, perhaps you too can be part of this new social media world.