February 7th, 2011
What Are They?
You can think of the pet listing shortcode assigned when you post a lost or found pet listing on the site as the reference number for that free ad. Each is a 6 character, alphanumeric code uniquely identifying your listing. You should note that the case of the code is important; for example, the shortcode n83bji does not refer to the same listing as N83bji.
For Contacting Us
If you need to contact us regarding your listing you should always quote the shortcode associated with it which is available on your listing page and is also sent to you when your listing is originally approved. This way we can be sure we are dealing with that particular listing.
Every listing has a standard URL or web address – http://www.lostandfoundpets.ie/shortcode or http://lostandfoundpets.ie/shortcode so you can use these to link to and share your listing from other sites. The latter form of the URL can be particularly handy for use in situations where you don’t have many characters to spare, such as in SMS messages or in tweets.
New Site Feature
If you want to view a particular listing you can type or paste the corresponding shortcode into the shortcode field in our search section at the top left-hand-side of every site page and we will automatically take you straight to that listing – no need to click any buttons or press any further keys.
February 4th, 2011
Several times during the life of this site so far, one question has come up again and again; what happens all the lost and found dogs and cats and other pets listed on the site? Up until now unless those posting took a proactive approach and contacted me to inform me of the outcome of their listing there was no way to answer that question for many of the pets that are listed here.
When I started the site, the focus was on getting the maximum exposure for listings possible. This involved making the process of posting a listing as easy as possible, building out the mechanisms for posting the listings to the third party social networking sites we connect to and working to build up communities of active and involved followers and fans there, optimising the listings for accurate and efficient indexing by the search engines and putting tools in place for site visitors to easily share listings both off and online. With all that to do, outcomes had to take a bit of a back seat.
But not anymore. Now when a listing is removed manually, the user is presented with a form which they can complete to let myself and the community know the outcome of their listing – good or bad. I’m hoping that presenting the form as an integrated part of the removal process will encourage people to let us know how things worked out in their particular case – happy ending or other outcome, we want to know. However, in line with our ethos of not obliging users to engage with the site any more than strictly necessary to publish a listing, completion of this form is totally optional.
In addition, listings that expire automatically after the 30 day active period will now be flagged with that particular outcome.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be working on mechanisms to automate the communication of these outcomes back to the community which, in additon to keeping you all much more informed, should free up some time for me to start work on building out the next phase of the site.