Friday, 25 June 2010

Electric Scotland's Aois community

Some time ago Canadian based Electric Scotland's Aois community was launched online at www.scotchat.org. The site is going from strength to strength, and the main man behind it all, Alastair McIntyre, has revealed some details on latest developments in his current newsletter:

Here are a few highlights on what's coming in our new community...

We now have the arcade system installed and working with lots of new games.

We have enabled all forums with the TapaTalk app for mobile devices such as the iPhone and Blackberry so you can message on the go.

We're integrating a FaceBook hook up.

Our Links directory is now fully up and running.

The University of Guelph's Centre for Scottish Studies have taken out 7 forums and Simon Fraser University's Scottish studies have taken out 5 forums. We're also in discussions with the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Invites to get involved have been sent out this week to organizations around the world and also to Scotland. We're also in discussions with the Scottish Caucus in the US.

We've created a Calendar specifically for The University of Guelph and Simon Fraser University and also for Highland Games and Scottish Festivals.

The YouTube video link has been installed and so if you add a YouTube link to a message it will show as a Video when the message is read.

We've also populated a lot of forums with messages so you'll have something interesting to read when you login.

And our thanks go to our beta testers who have helped discover bugs and also helped to test out the facilities we'll be offering.

Still lots more to do and it didn't help that Steve put his back out but he's still confident we can meet our end of month deadline. The very last thing we'll be doing is to customize the look and feel of the site and complete our welcome letter that you'll receive when you register for an account. We're working with a graphic designer to help us get the design right.

So hopefully lots of you will want to join the new and permanent community... we're in this for the long haul.

Don't forget the excellent Electric Scotland site itself at www.electricscotland.com, which amongst its many offerings includes Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland and the first two sets of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland. And it is free to access!

Chris

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