January 26, 2007
Hollywood, Florida - MetroGuide.com, Inc. ("MetroGuide") launched today a new phase in its social media system, called the "MetroGuide.Community". For years, MetroGuide has enabled its readers to write hotel and restaurant reviews but this is the first time MetroGuide is offering rewards points when members write reviews. In addition, the types of businesses that can be reviewed has been expanded beyond hotels and restaurants to include nightclubs, stores, malls and theaters. Members who earn enough points can redeem those points for prizes known as MetroRewards.
Social media, also commonly referred to as "user generated content," has taken the online world by storm, transforming media consumers into media producers. User generated content is an integral part of "web 2.0" and is fundamentally altering the way consumers research and interact with businesses online. MetroGuide, a pioneer in the local media industry, is expanding its use of web 2.0 technologies with the goal of becoming the hub of local content on the Internet.
To participate, a person must join the MetroGuide.Community, which is located on the web at metroguide.com. The lowest prize level can be currently reached by writing five reviews.
"Unlike many social networks, our online community is a wholesome space," observed MetroGuide CEO Mark Metz. "We've build an online community for real people to improve their lives in their real communities."
MetroGuide expects to announce many new .Community features shortly.
Incorporated in 1996 and privately held, MetroGuide is a member of the Greater Hollywood (Florida) Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), BBB Online, and IATA. For more information visit http://metroguide-inc.com or contact Scott Rogers at (954) 981-5850.