City Living, City Surfing
Note: This is an expanded, online-only version of the table that appears in the September 29, 1997 issue of Business Week. SITE COMMENTS Boston.com Beantown is well-covered with content from the www.boston.com Boston Globe and Boston Magazine, plus local radio and TV stations. Links to area sports teams, car dealers, and realtors. Plus local chats and all the info on the usual entertainment diversions. CitySearch Currently has nine U.S. metro areas, plus www.citysearch.com Australia. Well-organized, but search results are often spotty. Listings come from such partners as the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, and the Toronto Star. Nice feature lets users share comments on films and restaurants with others. Lets you personalize the site and will send E-mail alerts. Cox Interactive Media Its properties provide the backbone to www.cimedia.com AccessAtlanta, ActiveDayton, Austin360, GoCarolinas, and other generally strong community sites. Runs polls and provides local headlines, but lacks maps or customizable features. Digital City Covers 14 cities on AOL and 17 on the Web. www.digitalcity.com Lets you submit your own reviews on films, but America Online movie pages are poorly laid out. Goes beyond entertainment listings to include real estate and government. Runs chats with local sports heros and police. MovieLink Excellent for finding out what's playing at www.movielink.com a theater near you. Film schedules in 30 cities, plus trailers, and in some cases, the ability to buy tix on the PC. New York Now Classifieds, helpful articles (e.g., N.Y.'s www.nynow.com 10 Most Quiet Places), and an Intelligent Shopper feature that lets consumers compare city prices on groceries, phone rates, and parking. Pacific Bell At Hand Comprehensive coverage of the Golden State, www.athand.com includes searchable listings of businesses, gossip from The Hollywood Reporter, ratings of golf courses, music and club reviews. Excellent overall content. Sidewalk Microsoft site covers Boston, New York, the www.sidewalk.com Twin Cities, and Seattle, with more on the way. Emphasis is on arts, entertainment, and restaurants. Weak on directions and maps. Presents helpful personalized recommendations and weekly E-mail alerts. TheInsiderNetwork Locations include the Big Apple, Hawaii, Boston, www.theinsider.com and San Francisco. Fine picture archive. Guide book feel makes site better-suited for tourists than natives. Yahoo! Metros Search engine provides useful links to www.yahoo.com entertainment, classifieds, sports, government, and a variety of other information sources for a dozen metro areas. DATA: BUSINESS WEEK
Updated Sept. 18, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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