"What's happening around me?" Placerama helps you find local news, free classifieds, notices, jobs,
events and things for sale, trade or to give away near you, and lets you add your own listings for FREE.
Our approach to content is "by your community, for your community". We could just harvest a bunch
of feeds to give you the illusion that we have lots of content, but most of it will be noise and the local relevance
of it will be somewhat hit-and-miss. Placerama is about quality, not quantity, and we feel that you'll get the highest
quality experience from individuals and local businesses creating (or linking to) locally relevant content themselves.
As a result, if there's not much (or any) locally relevant content here on your first visit we'll
let you know when there is. Feel free to tell your community about the site to help get
things going in your area.
Ranking of listings
The listings you see on your home page are ranked on distance, time and votes (see
promoting a listing for more details). We want to provide you with
content that is most locally relevant to you, which is why it's important to choose an accurate
location for your profile.
Placerama lists news items, events and classifieds locally relevant to you. When you first
visit Placerama, we guess your location from your internet (IP) address using the GeoIP service
from MaxMind and use that to display some
relevant listings around that location.
The location we guess may only be accurate to a few miles or kilometres of where you actually are.
If you want to get really relevant listings, e.g., on the scale of your neighborhood or street,
you need to sign up and specify a location. You can do this by picking
a location off the map, using an address lookup to narrow down your search.
Try it out for yourself:
Note: you can drag the marker to the right place
Select your country
If this is wrong, click hereWe've guessed the location name from the map location, but sometimes we get it wrong so please change it if we have.
It's important to note that:
We don't need to know if this is where you live or work, it's just a location that's useful to you. It may
not be anywhere near your location of interest but the closer it is, the more relevant the listings you
If you enter an address to help locate yourself, we do NOT store it.
for more details.
Adding a listing
You can create a listing for anything you like (and for FREE), as long as you can choose a location and time for it. For example:
You're having a garage sale this weekend you want to promote
Your much loved pet cat is lost
You just witnessed a car accident on a nearby street corner and want to report the incident
You had a big crop of apples this year and want to give away the surplus
Your school is having a fair this weekend and you want to let people in the community know about it
If you don't have any original content to add, you can always add listings that link to external sources such as
local news articles or events. This way you can help other people become aware of them.
There are a couple of restrictions on when and where you can create listings to retain the local character of the site
and to help reduce possible abuses:
You can't create a listing more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the location you chose for your profile.
If you change your profile location (you might be travelling or recently moved house), you need to wait 24 hours
before adding new listings - think of it as a settling-in period!
Also, some special cases:
Events listing in the past won't show up in the local search results. So if you've got an event that anyone can come
along to and that runs from, say, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, set the event time as 12:00 pm. If it starts at 9:00 am and entry
is closed at that time, set the event time to 9:00 am (time ranges for events are on the list!)
When you add a listing, the listing view page provides a link to your
public profile page (you need to sign up to see this page).
You can choose which (if any) of your profile details you want to make public in
privacy settings page.
If you don't make any of your first name, last name or
username public we won't show a link to your public profile page.
By default your precise location is kept private. For example, if you add a listing and choose your own location as the
location of the listing:
the listing location won't show on the local search map but will still appear in the text list.
the location map on the listing view page won't display your precise location, but will display a scrambled
location up to 1 kilometre from your exact location.
Also, if someone visits your
public profile page
they won't see a location map. You can change this setting on your
privacy settings page.
Notifications of new listings
Because we're aiming for quality, rather than quantity, of listings, there may not be much
content when you first visit the site. So, we'll provide you with email updates about new content if you don't find
any locally relevant content when you first visit the site.
Promoting a listing
Depending on the number of Placerama of users around you, your listing will not initially be seen very far
from the location you select for it - after all, it's mostly of relevance only to the people around you. If you want
to make your listing visible to more people and for longer, you'll need to get other people to vote for it.
For example, if you're promoting a school fair, ask other members of the school community to vote for the listing so
that more people in your community will see it.
Dealing with listings you don't like
While we do our best to keep spammers at bay, occasionally someone might post a listing that you feel is undesirable
and that you don't want others in your community to see. In this case you can vote against that listing which
will cause it to be ranked lower than other listings. If enough people vote against it, the listing will disappear from
your home page but will still be visible in a separate "disputed" listings page. You can view this page via a link at the
bottom of the home page.