Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 20:08:14 -0500 From: Bob Rankin
Reply to: TOURBUS-REQUEST@LISTSERV.AOL.COM To: Multiple recipients of list TOURBUS Subject: TOURBUS - Jan 16 1996 - City.Net /~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~/~~~|~\ | "Why | Surf When / You Can | Ride The | Bus?" / | \ |__________|__________/__________|__________|________/ | \ / /______|----\ / Send INFO TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM ///////| | | Or visit http://csbh.mhv.net/~bobrankin/tourbus |//////| | | |//////| | ~~~/~~~\~/~~~\~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~\~~~~ \___/ \___/ T h e I n t e r n e t T o u r B u s \___/ TODAY'S TOURBUS SITE : City.Net TODAY'S TOURBUS ADDRESS: http://www.city.net It took a Mexican restaurant and a margarita to inspire one of the Web's most useful sites. City.Net is a comprehensive guide to communities around the world, providing easy access to information on travel, entertainment, business, government and community services for all regions of the world. Let's say you want to go out to dinner on Saturday night and then take in a movie or concert - assuming the weather report looks good. After scanning the newspaper, various weekly publications, tv, radio, restaurant guides and yellow pages, you could be too exhausted to actually go anywhere. Kevin Altis and his friend Rowland had the same problem. They were tired of having to look in so many places to find information about their hometown of Portland, Oregon so the duo created a system to make all of that information and more available at any time of the day, from anywhere. But they quickly realized that their view was a bit parochial. (Now I hope "parochial" doesn't have any unexpected meanings... I was gently told by several readers that a word I used in the January 9th issue was a Yiddish term for uhhh, "male body part".) "It seemed to me that if we were going to put Portland on the Net, why not do the same thing in cities around the world?", Kevin said. As it turns out, there were several other communities with an "online presence", so City.Net took a much broader focus and now includes information and links to cities all around the globe. They built it, and people came. Tens of thousands stop in each day to grab a wire to far-flung destinations, and as a result City.Net is listed on the WebCrawler Top 25 and Lycos 250 lists. It made PC Magazine's Top 100 Web Sites list, and Point Communications rates them as a Top 10 pick. Clickety Clack -------------- You can see the impressive list of countries to which City.Net has links by selecting the "Countries" option on the home page. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, it's in there! Most countries listed have maps, guides, and travel information just a few clicks away. The "Index" option will present you with an alphabetized list of all the cities in the City.Net database. And if you don't feel like burrowing your way through the country/state/city maze, try the "Search" option. I entered "Kingston" and found a really cool website devoted to the city that is closest to where I live. When they get my hometown in City.Net, I will be really impressed. Just to give you an indication of how small my town is, the department store has a sign prominently displayed on the entrance reading: "WE NOW HAVE DOG BELLS!" City.Net is a great place to find info on your own hometown, get travel information or just explore. Have fun... The (Plastic) Bus ----------------- I know you were all just dying to see what that PLASTIC FRICTION-POWERED TOURBUS that sits on my desk actually looks like, so thanks to the snow storm last week, it's now been scanned, converted, cropped, reduced, tweaked, colorized and wrapped in HTML. You can see for yourself by going to the TOURBUS home page (see address below) and clicking on the Bus. Oh, and I mustn't forget the COOL E-MAIL ADDRESS OF THE WEEK. This time the honors go to: Boboy Napoles +-------> ONLINE COURSES AT UW-STOUT <------------------------------------+ | Now that you are cruising the Internet, put it to work for your career. | | Register for "Individual Research I & II", 2 1-credit courses starting | | 2/5/96; 6 others offered. Visit University of Wisconsin-Stout on AOL by | | the keyword "EUN", send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-232-2693 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------------+ ====================================================================== SUBSCRIBE : Send SUBSCRIBE TOURBUS Firstname Lastname to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM unSUBSCRIBE: Send SIGNOFF TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Web Site : http://csbh.mhv.net/~bobrankin/tourbus (stop in for back issues and the logo contest) Advertising: E-mail BobRankin@MHV.net w/ Subject: SEND TBRATES ====================================================================== TOURBUS - (c) Copyright 1995, Patrick Crispen and Bob Rankin All rights reserved. Redistribution is allowed only with permission. Send this copy to 3 friends and tell them to get on the Bus!