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Linking Events

Posted by JeremyGThomas on Oct 28, 2008 10:58:47 AM

Predominantly people use our site to find events to participate in.  Events like the  or the Turkey Trot in Cartersville, GA.  We have over 300,000 relevant events in our system.  And by relevant I mean things that have recently happened or will be happening in the near future.  Past events are archived and are a lot harder to find in our system, but we're working to fix this.


For example, the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon happens every year.  Yet if you search through our system you'll only find next year's event (and possibly last year's).  But what did people say about the event in 2004?  Was it well run by the event organizer?  What was the weather like?


Linking data from past events is one of the projects we're working on in our Directory Initiative.  You'll be able to understand what people have said about previous occurrences of an event and can make a better decision about whether or not you'll participate this year.  


Oh yeah and we're also working to make our event details pages load faster.  Right now we receive a YSlow score of 'F', which we're not proud of.  But I can say things are in the works in our prototype environment that will give us a better score.  Changes will be rolled out incrementally, as we're touching several areas to "lighten the payload".

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