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About Fly Fishing Community (FFC)

Using the new FFC

Using the new FFC

Connecting users based on destinations

Fly Fishing Community connects users based on specific destinations Fly Fishing Community connects users based on specific destinations. When a user joins FFC, they are asked to visit the "My" section of the site where they attach destinations to their profile. When one of the destinations they have attached to their profile gets updated, they are notified and vice versa. In addition to the content that is provided by business owners, bloggers, and authors, the user community contributes to the site with comments, ratings, reviews, pictures, etc. This means that destination pages get data input from numerous sources and that data is digested and discussed by the FF community. The idea is that everyone is writing the outdoor guidebook together, on the FlyFishingCommunity.com website, and on the mobile app.

FFC connects businesses with potential customers

Business owners add their business details on Fly Fishing Community. Key data such as location (city, state), lat/long, and the destinations the business spends the most time servicing are saved to the Fly Fishing Community database. Anytime a user indicates that they plan on visiting a certain destination that matches one of the business' destinations, the business is notified. In addition, the business gets a pinpoint on all relevant Google Maps that are displayed on the FFC site (state maps, destination maps). Example below.
Fly Fishing Community connects users based on specific destinations

FFC connects bloggers with new readers

Let's say a site user is on the Au Sable destination details page. She notices there are several blog posts by a blogger that used FFC's blog widget. She enjoys what she is reading in the blog posts. She is planning an outdoors trip to the Kalamazoo River and notices that the blogger has a few posts about that destination as well, so she decides to visit the blogger's page and follow all the posts. Everyone is benefitting. Example below.
Fly Fishing Community connects users based on specific destinations

FFC is social

FFC uses Facebook pages, apps, and plugins

As you probably know by know Facebook cannot be ignored. And that's why FFC has a page for each activity. In addition, we have apps on Facebook that allow you to do most of the same things you can do on the FFC site. We also use the Facebook API throughout the site so that we can integrate the actions our users take with their Facebook accounts (if they so choose of course).

FFC posts frequent updates to Twitter (@id3ma)

Every hour or so FFC sniffs around for new posts. If new content has been posted, we send an update to twitter. This keeps our twitter followers in the know. Destinations, reports, pictures, videos, blogs, etc... If any of those get updated, Twitter knows about it.

FFC has a group on LinkedIn

We currently have a FFC group posted on LinkedIn and are working on recruiting members like you. Click on the icon to the left and join!

Log your GPX trips!

FFC allows geocachers the ability to upload GPX files! Garmin and Magellan plus many other major GPS navigation units are compatible! The Fly Fishing Community staff has received many requests to allow .gpx files in the trip report form. So we added it! Fly Fishing Community parses the .gpx files from handhelds including... all Garmin, eTrex, Colorado, Dakota, GPSMAP, Edge, Montana, Oregon, and Rino models, Magellan eXplorist, Meridian, SporTrak GPS receivers, Lowrance iFinder, Endura, HDS, LCX, and LMS GPS chartplotters and fishfinders.

The translation technology we wrote is pretty cool so give it a shot. We create a custom polyline and waypoints plotted on a Google Map. Just translate the file from your device to the .gpx format (you can use http://www.easygps.com/) and then upload that .gpx file in your Fly Fishing Community trip report.

Innovative technology

Business Leads!

A favorite among our business users. The leads service will send your businesses a notification when a potential client is identified. Our goal with the leads service is to put relevant, valuable customers into your FFC network!

Blogging tools

Bloggers who add their feed to Fly Fishing Community can take advantage of our blogging tools. Fly Fishing Community takes all blog posts that have been validated and publishes them within 24 hours on the FFC site. Because they are published here, that means they are instantly published on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, they will show up in Google's search results and will have a direct link back to the original blog homepage.

Maps

FFC members are able to draw their trip course using our nifty Google Maps drawing tool. In addition, FFC members armed with .gpx files can simply upload them to the FFC site and the .gpx will be translatted onto a Google Map canvas. Click on the activity icon in the header and then click the Maps tab to get started.

Facebook integration

Any activity that a member posts about a destination will get posted on our Facebook app. In addition, if a member chooses to integrate their facebook account with Fly Fishing Community, then the posts they make will be visible on their facebook profile as well.

YouTube

The YouTube service sniffs out a FFC member's specific tag and brings the videos into the site. That means a FFC member can add a tag to their YouTube video(s) and when the service finds it, it will pull it into the site and post it within 48 hours.

Widgets

The FFC widgets allow members to publish their FFC content anywhere on the Internet. Currently FFC offers the following widgets: Reports, Pictures, News, Blogs. If a member posts any content in one of those categories it will show up on their remote widget. Awesome. Whenever a widget is published (code gets copied/pasted) on someone's site or blog, FFC content is published to that widget in real time.

PDF

The PDF service allows users to print out or send PDF documents for specific destinations. This allows people to take the content (most of it) they find on the destination details page and either share it with someone as an attachment or print it and take it with them to the destination.

Twitter

The FFC Twitter posting feed takes certain content each day and publishes it to Twitter. The feed (.xml format) is also available by clicking on the title of the day's post from twitter's site. http://www.twitter.com/id3ma

Condition reports (traditional)

Anytime you add a report to the Fly Fishing Community site we'll let people in your FFC network know. Also, FFC members who follow the destination you added a report for, will see you added a new report. If those folks aren't in your network then... they are potential customers! We strongly encourage businesses to add reports. Here's why.

Condition reports (report grabber)

The FFC report grabber takes all report content from a business owner's website, and automatically pulls it into the FFC site. All the business owner has to do is wrap the report they post on their own site in our custom html tags, and we do the rest! Learn more.

Directory

Any valid businesses that lists their details on the site gets a free listing on the FFC Business Directory. Similar to Blacks, but free, this list is an excellent resource and you should get your business on it now.

Reservations

On the details page for a business, Fly Fishing Community posts an option for the user to contact or make a reservation with the business. This service will put the business in touch with prospective clients who want to travel to the businesses vicinity.

Listing

The listing service puts valid businesses on the destination details page for all destinations the business indicates that they focus on. That means that outdoor enthusiasts looking for information on a specific destination will see the business name listed if the business services it.

Notifications

If a user chooses, he or she can get updates anytime one of the destinations attached to their profile gets an update. The notifications can be turned on and off at any time.
 
 
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