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13 Things You Need to Know About Palm Harbor Patch

A brief how-to guide about Palm Harbor Patch. We need your input and conversation to make the site great!

Welcome to Palm Harbor Patch! We'll be working hard to deliver quality news and information about the events, people and places that make Palm Harbor such a special community. 

This site was crafted just for you so we've built in lots of ways for you to comment on stories, express your opinions, post photos and announcements, add events to the community calendar and truly shape the way Palm Harbor news is shared.

We hope Palm Harbor Patch will strengthen our community, but we can't do it without you! Get the conversation started through one or more of these features:

1. Comment on an Article

We subscribe to the idea that "news is a conversation." Much of our reporting will emanate from what readers tell us in e-mails, comments on our sites, and in conversations around town. Share your thoughts and reactions to our articles by posting a comment directly below each story.  

2. Ask a Question

So maybe you want to know when that pothole is going to get fixed, or maybe you're a local expert on native trees just dying for someone to ask why their allergies are so bad this year. Patch's Q&A section is the place for you to ask your questions and show off your expertise, all while connecting with your neighbors. Visit http://palmharbor.patch.com/questions and ask a question, or answer someone else's.

3. Post an Event 

Do you know of a book signing at our local bookstore, a celebrity chef appearing at a cooking store or an art exhibit at a local coffee shop? Is there a garage sale or graduation ceremony coming up? If it's not on our Patch calendar, it should be. Feel free to add events to our site at http://palmharbor.patch.com/events/new

4. Send a News Tip

At the bottom of the homepage, there's a link that says, "Send Us News Tips." Tell us about stories we should cover. Your tip will be sent straight to Sunde Farquhar, Palm Harbor Patch's (incredibly grateful) editor.

5. Post an Announcement

Post births, engagements and weddings at http://palmharbor.patch.com/announcements/new. Tell us who made the honor roll or share school awards, social notes and thank you shout outs. If you're looking for volunteers or searching for your lost dog, we welcome you to call on your community for help. Just remember, our Terms of Use say announcements should be for personal use and not for advertising.

6. Sign Up for Newsletters

The daily Palm Harbor Patch newsletter brings you all articles and announcements that have been posted in the last 24 hours. It is delivered to your e-mail every day at 6 a.m. You can also sign up for the weekly newsletter, which shows a subset of the content created and featured on our site over the last few days. It is delivered every Thursday at 10 a.m. Look for the Follow Us and Newsletter links in the right column of this and almost every page.

7. Claim Your Directory Listing 

Our business and organization listings aren't skimpy. Our team of researchers actually hit the streets and visited businesses, schools, parks, libraries and more so that we can provide photos as well as detailed information such as products sold and hours of operation. To contact us about the listing for your business or organization, email us at directorysupport@patch.com. If you own or manage a business or organization in our directory, claim it at http://palmharbor.patch.com/places

8. Shout It Out!

You now have a way to shout out on the site without having to add a comment to an existing article. You can tell us what you have to say right now by using the new shout box at the top of the Activity Stream on the homepage. Whatever you "shout" will go directly into the stream, right on the homepage.

9. Upload Your Photos and Video 

Upload videos of high school football touchdowns or your Palm Harbor Little Leaguer's first home run. Post photos from local festivals, or send in a snapshot of your best holiday recipes. We invite you to share with the rest of the community the memories you've caught on camera.

10. Advertise With Us 

For all advertising queries, please send an e-mail to our Regional Publisher, Eddie Thorpe at eddie.thorpe@patch.com or call 813-482-6649.

11. Review Restaurants

Do you want to be the first to tell your friends whether the new restaurant in town gets a thumbs-up? You can post a review of your favorite (or not-so favorite) restaurants in the Restaurants section of Places. Or, search to find what you're craving -- you can filter results by cuisine, price or seating accommodations.

12. Social Media Engagement

You can "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/PalmHarborPatch. Immerse yourself in our content and actively contribute and engage via social media. Let's start a conversation.

13. Send a Letter to the Editor

Patch would like to invite every member of the Palm Harbor community to submit a letter to the editor. Express your thoughts or concerns about anything that might be stirring up conversation around town, and we'll post it. Make sure it's not longer than 300 words and e-mail it to Editor Sunde Farquhar at sunde.farquhar@patch.com

The more Palm Harbor Patch serves as on online space for community dialogue, the more useful our site will be. So next time you have something to share with your neighbors, consider taking a moment to send a letter to Patch. Chances are, you're not the only one who feels that way.

Which features on Patch do you find most useful? 

Dave Legassi May 31, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Troubled as to why I need Patch.com for anything over the sources I traditionally use for local news, events and information. Not seeing why Patch.com is any better (or worse). Just yet another website extracting information 3rd parties. Just not useful w/o something better or different.
Jennifer LaRue June 01, 2011 at 03:05 PM
In response to D. Legassi, Patch.com is a great community resource and tool. While it is not meant to be better (or worse) than your other mediums of information, I believe that is a great one-stop shop targeting what is going on in your own back yard. You are able filter information by individualy communities and only ready about those you may have an interest in. For me personally, it is a wonderful tool to utilize especially if you want to stay informed but don't have a lot of extra time to read long articles. It all comes down to your personal preferences, but for me Patch allows me to stay connected to my community in a fast, fun and easy way.
Dave Legassi June 01, 2011 at 11:49 PM
I would have to disagree with you Jennifer. In this day and age, a website has to give a user instant utility or instant gratification to attract and attain the masses. Patch, at its core, is simply a content aggregator. Events, news, places, etc...all from 3rd party websites that have been delivering that same content for years and year. Further, there are several location-based apps for iPhone and Droid which provide a better glimpse and real-time pulse of your own community. Further, these apps provide users with great control over what sources the content comes from, how it's viewed, what areas you want to see, etc, etc. Patch.com at best is just another one of those sites that will never attain mass usage in the majority of local areas because it simply doesn't provide enough of a benefit for local users to use. The lack of anything trendy or new about Patch.com makes it look like something that could've come out years ago. Way behind the times. Sorry.

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