What is wimgo, really?"It's a fabulous calendar of events that goes to the end of time,” said Sue Hale, vice president of community engagement for OPUBCO Communications Group. "It's the mother of all calendars.” It's also driving directions, social networking, community engagement, photos and videos, and a lifestyle guide for Oklahoma. It's starting out local, but eventually, wimgo could take over the world.
What's the catch?There is no catch. Wimgo is user-friendly, spam- and virus-free and free of charge. If you want to find something to do this weekend, just type "this weekend” into the search bar and take your pick of the best Oklahoma has to offer. You can type any "tag” words into the search bar to find what you're looking for. And if you want to enter your own event, that's free, too.
How can I get a "satellite” on my Web site?You can contact the OPUBCO Communications Group community engagement team at 475-3210. "It's as simple as copying about five or six lines of code to your Web page and changing the colors to match,” said Andy Fugate, technology director of new media for OPUBCO Communications Group. The more individual Web sites that add a wimgo satellite calendar to their pages, the more wimgo will work its magic, building the community's most comprehensive, all-inclusive calendar of events.
What is an avatar?Merriam Webster defines an avatar as "an electronic image that represents and is manipulated by a computer user.” Just think of it as how you want to represent yourself to other wimgo users. Whether it's your senior picture, an animated version of you or just a symbol is up to you.
How do I create a personal profile for wimgo?After you've signed in to wimgo using your NewsOK. com user name and password, click on the "my profile” button on the top right of the screen. Enter as much or as little personal information as you want including your interests, education, where you work and whatever else you think is interesting.
If I sign up, will I be spammed with e-mails?No. Your e-mail address is only used for registration. "Our registration process currently doesn't have any e-mail alerts. We are adding that functionality but it will be a double opt-in,” said Rob Wescott, OPUBCO Communications Group vice president of audience development. "You will be able to opt in to receive an email or mobile alert and then have the opportunity to confirm that option.”
What information is on the wimgo movies page?Anything and everything you could want to know about current movies is packed into the wimgo movies page. You will find movie synopses, reviews, trailers, theaters and times and even news stories about the movies. You can watch YouTube and leave your own comments about movies.
What's so great about wimgo?It's one-stop shopping. It's easy. It's quick. It's complete. Not only can you figure out what to do, you can get instant maps with driving directions, nearby attractions, videos and photos, and reviews from other users. "It's about being proud to live in a state that has so much to offer,” Wescott said. You can gain an understanding of that just by searching the events on wimgo. "You'll find a series of videos on the site that takes you into the musings, passions, stories, and insights of your friends and neighbors.”
How do I wimgo?It couldn't be simpler. Just type in a "tag” word or phrase, such as"karaoke” or "karaoke+contest,” and click the search button. If you want to narrow your results, add a date or a venue. The more specific your search terms, the fewer, more tailored your results will be.
What's in it for me?Everything. This site has everything you need, and if you don't see it now, just check back in a few days because the programmers at OPUBCO are busy brainstorming for the future of wimgo. "Wimgo allows you to maximize life in Oklahoma,” Wescott said. "Our state is a great place to be, and there is a lot going on. Wimgo allows you to be part of it all in an easy and fun way.” On the horizon are wimgo widgets you can stick anywhere you go on the Web to keep you and your site's visitors up to date on the latest events that interest you. They are customizable, so you can enter your interests and the widget returns only events that fit the bill. Also look for enhanced classified advertising, cellular text updates and much more.
Where did wimgo come from?Wimgo was the idea of brainiacs at OPUBCO who thought it would be cool to have a central location for everything Oklahoma. They weren't satisfied with just a big calendar. They wanted to provide the most comprehensive, detailed and accurate site possible that is bigger and better than anything out there and could keep growing and expanding. But most of all, they wanted everyone who uses wimgo to feel like they are part of a community.