POTTSTOWN PA – WeArePottstown.com may soon be added to a growing list of websites that hope to create a greater sense of community in the borough and beyond by offering chat rooms, bulletin boards, local news, calendars, videos and other features on which users could rely.
Ross Belovich of 678 Spruce St., who registered the website name last Thursday (Oct. 18, 2012), currently is running it in test mode, here. It’s not yet ready for launch, as some features must be fully fleshed out and others installed.
It is expected to be officially open to the public Nov. 7 (Wednesday).
“WeArePottstown.com is the 21st Century way of community participation,” Belovich wrote Monday (Oct. 22) as the site went up. “We are the new way of making friends and getting to know your neighbors, finding great deals in the local stores, voicing your opinions about government, and shouting out about whatever you care about. You can be yourself or an anonymous alter ego. Be what you want to be, but please be part of it!”
Belovich’s effort follows others that hope to build an audience of Pottstown-oriented conversationalists. They include:
- PottsTalk, which launched about a year ago and has 35 members;
- the Pottstown Forum at Topix, about four years old. It has several hundred members, but the vast majority of them are commenters from outside the borough and even outside the state; and
- LowerPottsgrove.com, about three years old, with 22 members.
What may distinguish WeArePottstown.com from competitors is that it manages content in a programming software called Joomla, which in part allows Belovich to embed full views of other websites on his own pages. The site’s test mode Monday displayed The Sanatoga Post, The Pottstown Patch, and The Pottstown Mercury within its News menu. The “Roy’s Rants” and “Golden Cockroach” blogs were shown under its Blogs menu. That makes it seemingly easier to quote and discuss the news of the day.
In a first for local sites, WeArePottstown.com (Belovich refers to it as “WAP”) also expects to show users the world as Pottstownians know it via live webcams. A feed from outside Pottstown High School was being tested Monday.
Screen capture from WeArePottstown.com