Now you can wimgo where no one has gone before

By David Zizzo Modified: February 15, 2008 at 6:23 am •  Published: February 15, 2008
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t's truly a conversation around events. So it really becomes a way to gauge what's going on and who's going where and what the popular things are.”

On the site, visitors can tinker with the info. They can poke around using features like "1-click” searches, "top wimgos,” "featured events” and "popular keywords.” They can target subjects with search words, narrow them into categories and find out what a Battlewing is.

Feeding the wimgo
Users who sign in to the free site are encouraged to feed wimgo by listing events. They will "own” those listings, being the only users (other than administrators) who can alter the information.

However, anyone visiting the site can contribute "tags,” or search keywords, to an entry, adding to the entry's "tag cloud,” which cannot, regardless of its size, form a tag thunderstorm.

Existing "communities” — clubs, associations or other organizations — can partner with wimgo by using wimgo software that will automatically feed their groups' calendar events into wimgo. Then wimgo will serve as a repository, a central meeting place and a way to avoid scheduling conflicts, as well as a promotional venue.

If wimgo were a statue, it would have a plaque that read: "Give me your reactions, your ideas, your huddled thoughts yearning to breathe free.” But then pigeons would mess it up, so think of wimgo as more of an electronic mosh pit of ideas and other stuff.

Users can leap right in with comments on anything and everything. With each event, they also can mark whether "I'm going” or "I'm interested.” They can share bookmarks, e-mail friends, build personal profiles, or, using the embedded Google map, locate nearby golf courses, museums, restaurants or other things.

Besides related videos from YouTube, wimgo also will feature videos of luminaries and the not-so-luminous giving impressions of life in our state.

Although not descended from a walking fish, wimgo will be a product of evolution. Its functions will change and adapt to its digital surroundings, continuously trying new features. For instance, watch for a wimgo service that, using a cell phone "short code,” can text message requested information. And maybe directories of local businesses. And whatever else looks good.

"This isn't an end,” Wescott said. "It's really a beginning.”

Who knows, maybe we'll see a wimgo that can run the vacuum and serve decaf.

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