Broadcast Interactive Media (BIM) today unveiled a new partnership between Social Media Platform, YouNewsâ„¢ and hyper-local content provider City Dictionary (CityDictionary.com). The two Madison, WI-based companies have combined forces to provide users of the nearly 80 YouNews affiliates across the U.S. an opportunity to experience and contribute to a growing localized dictionary of community terms, slang, â€œismsâ€ and definitions.
City Dictionary, launched in May 2008, showcases the personality of individual cities through eccentricities of language and culture. The site relies on input from registered users, or â€œcitizensâ€ who contribute words or phrases and share information about attractions, events, restaurants, people and more. Case in point: a Milwaukee drinking fountain is called a â€œbubblerâ€ and â€œsluggingâ€ in DC is a form of hitchhiking that allows commuters to use the faster HOV lane. Information and little-known facts abound on City Dictionary, which earned the top prize in the 2009 G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition.
â€œWeâ€™re capturing the local subtleties of American cities that other resources might be missing,â€ says Thomas Carmona, co-founder of City Dictionary. â€œThe goal is to engage contributors from around the country and collect as many terms as possible â€” places, businesses, neighborhoods and slang â€” that become part of â€˜everyday speakâ€™ for various places.â€
YouNewsâ„¢ â€“ a social media platform where members of the community upload videos/photos to local media websites – now includes a City Dictionary channel with options to view existing content, add a word, add a definition and more. For example, visitors to KHOU.com in Houston, TX may navigate to the YouNews section of the site to learn the origin of the areaâ€™s many nicknames including: Space City, Bayou City, H-Town and Clutch City. If a favorite is missing, a new moniker can be added to the Houston Dictionary.