ECHO Strives Towards Web 2.0
The other day Joe Daly, (The Most Modern Man in America), came into ECHO World HQ and said, "Zach, do we need to worry about Web 2.0? More specifically, is ECHO Web 2.0?" Zach looked at Joe and said, "ECHO is more like Web 1.7, but we're working towards 2.0." ECHO has recently taken a few small steps toward 2.0.
- Flickr. The first is the addition of ECHO Middle Fork photos on Flickr. On Flickr, people can view and comment on photos that capture the essence of an ECHO river trip. Hot Springs, double duckies, waterfalls, campfires, and games, are all depicted in the photos. Flickr has a great photo slideshow feature, so new or returning guests can get a better visual of what their trip will be like.
- YouTube. Reality TV that is actually real. We just posted a 1:30 video clip of the Middle Fork. It has some great footage of rafting, duckying, wildlife, and awesome scenery. The background music is played by Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum who do the famous "Bluegrass on Whitewater" trip with us each year. If you have any personal videos of ECHO Trips, please send them our way, or post them and let us know!
- Squidoo. ECHO now has a lens on Squidoo.com. On the lens you can view the Flickr pictures, read the ECHO Blog, vote for your favorite Dutch Oven meal, and check out other website that are related to ECHO and to rafting.
- Myspace. You've all heard of it by now. It's the 4th most-visited site on the internet. The myspace craze has spread to the music industry and now to the outdoor industry as well. So, ECHO River Trips made a myspace page. It is a great networking tool and a fun way to keep guides, guests, and the ECHO community in the loop. If you have a myspace page, add us as a friend!
- Digg. The final improvement is that ECHO Blogs can now be Dugg (yes, that's now an accepted verb!) straight from our website by clicking the Digg icon ( ) below. Digg.com is a news tool that allows the general public to submit stories on the web, vote on them (Digg 'em), and comment. So, Joe, we're taking small steps, but ECHO is getting closer to 2.0 everyday!