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Lost and Found Pets Ireland Bebo App Beta Launches

Monday, October 5th, 2009

I’m delighted today to announce that right on the heels of our fully automating postings delivery to Bebo, I have just published the Lost and Found Pets Ireland Bebo App (Beta).  The app gives Bebo users an easy way to view and share the latest lost and found listings from our site thus exposing the listings to a much wider potential audience.

It has always been my intention to push further into Bebo but this wasn’t possible until now what with all the other functionality I wanted to build out on the site, so I am really pleased to have reached this point.

We badly need testers so check out the Lost and Found Pets Ireland Bebo App and let me know what you think of it so far – there is a feedback link on the top right of the app page so you can do so easily.  Feel free to friend us too. In the coming weeks I plan to port the app to Facebook too as the API is very similar there.

Listings that Roam Help Get Pets Home

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Just a short little post to welcome the newest site kind enough to display the lost and found listings from us via the RSS feeds.  Its Tails n’ Trails, the brand new online club for those interested in outdoor activities with their dogs.  This  club/online forum is provided by the good people at Countryhounds.ie, suppliers of hiking, swimming and travel gear for dogs.

We are delighted to see the listings reach a wider audience and the icing on the cake is that its from a site promoting healthy active outdoor activities for dogs and we are certain the owners posting pets here will appreciate their help too.

We hope more sites will follow the great example set by TopDog.ie and TailsandTrails.ie and syndicate the feeds, either server-side or client-side.  Displaying the feeds is such a postive way to show that you or your organisation cares about the welfare of animals in Ireland and wants to help improve their lot; so what are you waiting for?

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How “Free” are Free Lost & Found Irish Pet Listings?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

I am writing this sad post today to express my shock and deep disappointed at the actions of well known animal focussed site IrishAnimals.ie over the last couple of days.

Up until yesterday, I had been promoting lost and found tweets from Irish Animals on the website here combining them with those automatically generated from the free  lost and found pet listings on this site via @lostfoundpets, of course giving full attribution and a link back to the original tweets.  I had been doing this via their publicly available feed which they themselves invited subscriptions to on their own site.  As a firm believer in the power of the social web, I believe that the more exposure these listings get, the more the chance these unfortunate Irish animals and their owners have of being reunited.

Unfortunately, for reasons best known to herself at this point, Denise Cox, who runs Irish Animals, appears to hold a different view.  Over the course of the weekend it came to my attention, quite by accident, that our subscription via the @lostfoundpets account to the lost and found twitter stream from Irish Animals has been blocked.  I contacted Ms Cox in an attempt to find out what was going on.  In response Ms Cox sent me a one line email requesting that I discontinue promoting her tweets on this site.

This to me is a situation beyond weird.  We have Irish Animals, a website which, as one of the many services it offers,  invites the public to list lost and found pets for free and public display and in addition  invited subscriptions to its Twitter feed on its own site.  However, when another website, dedicated  to the area of lost and missing Irish pets promotes the Irish Animals lost and found tweets to an even wider audience on its own pages with full attribution and links, Irish Animals summarily and without notice attempts to block that site’s access to their publicly available feed.  One has to wonder what would happen in the event that one of our fans on the Lost and Found Pets Ireland Facebook page were to attempt to share a link to one of our listings on their Facebook page.

If this situation were reversed and Irish Animals were promoting listings from Lost and Found Pets, I would be thrilled knowing that the listings were gaining maximum exposure. Right from day one on the site, I have welcomed and continue to, welcome anyone to syndicate the listings and other feeds I provide here.  If parties interested in the area of lost and found Irish pets can not even see their way clear to sharing data on those pets freely, what hope do we have of ever centralising this data in a well structured, searchable, indexed form which at the end of the day, is what really needs to be done to properly maximise the effectiveness of online lost and found listings.

Now I could speculate until the cows come home on why Irish Animals are adopting this approach (believe me, I have more than just theories) but I do not think that is in the interest of the animals we all claim to serve at this point.   Instead I appeal to Denise Cox to rethink her position on this matter,  to end this anti-social networking and restart the conversation about mutual cooperation we were due to have at the start of this project but which she subsequently postponed indefinitely.

In any case you can all rest assured, Lost and Found Pets Ireland will continue to promote information sharing in this area as we develop the services we offer to lost Irish pets and their owners.

Irish Lost & Found Pet Search By County

Monday, July 6th, 2009

I’ve just rolled out the latest site feature to the live site – county based search. Now you can filter the search results to limit them to listings in your county in the general lost & found, lost and found searches.

You’ll see this feature in action if you hover over any of the search links on the home, lost or found pages. You will also notice that we only list counties for which we have listings currently so you can see at a glance if there are pets listed in your area.  To close the county search tooltips, simply click on any blank area of the underlying page.

County based searches open up a whole new area for distributing more relevant lost and found data to those interested and we will be building upon this in the coming weeks.

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Lost and Found Irish Pets Now on Flickr

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Just a quick headsup to let you know about some news relating to the excellent photo sharing website Flickr.

First off, all new listings with photos will now be automatically posted on our dedicated Lost and Found Pets Ireland Flickr account with a link back to their details page on our site which will help improve the listings’ online visibility.

If you’re a Flickr member, we invite you to add us to your contacts which will help spread the word about our new Flickr presence and also keep you up to date automatically with new listings posted as they will automatically appear on your ‘Contacts’ page.  You can also post your lost or found pet photos and details to our Lost and Found Pets Ireland Flickr Group even if you don’t want them listed on our main site for any reason.