LampNote gets you talking to your neighbourhood and beyond

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Already popular for advertising missing cats, this new website provides a fun new way to create, share and discover local notices.

With LampNote, people can target others living or working nearby - and do it fast.

A newly-launched website is aiming to revolutionise the way people living in neighbourhoods across the UK interact with each other.

LampNote is the brainchild of Rob Clarke, a web developer from West Yorkshire. The 36-year-old came up with the idea for the website after moving from Manchester to the village of Marsden, Huddersfield, and realising there was great potential for a new community "hub" that could operate 24 hours a day.

"In the past, if people had lost a dog, needed to get rid of a piece of furniture, or wanted to promote a bring and buy sale, they might put a note up on a village hall noticeboard, or a lamppost," Mr Clarke said. “That’s where LampNote comes in."

"While noticeboards in local shops or village halls are undoubtedly still very important and have their place, the reality is that people don't visit them every day, or even every week. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter aren't always effective for getting local publicity, at least not when used on their own."

LampNote is a completely free new website that has been designed for sharing local notices and keeping in touch with what's happening in communities right across the UK.

Mr Clarke describes it as a "public noticeboard for the digital age, that people can use for the areas in which they live, work or socialise."

Users can browse local notices - known as LampNotes - to see what’s going on, create their own notices, or sign up for email alerts so any updates on happenings in their neighbourhood go straight to their inbox.To see the notices most relevant at any particular time, users can search by postcode or - if they're on the move - use the location finder on their smartphones to immediately bring up LampNotes that have been posted by users nearby.

Unlike many other hyperlocal "community" sites LampNote is not a private social network. "We don’t prevent unregistered users from seeing any of the notices, as I believe a public notice should be truly public - just like a note on a lamp post," Mr Clarke said. "You could post up a description of a missing cat to people living in your area the minute you realise the animal has gone."

LampNote can also be used to get groups of people living in one area together - for example to set up sports teams, drama groups or organise fundraising events.

For those who like a traditional touch, a PDF poster is produced every time a LampNote is posted - so users can print it out and stick it right up on that lamp post.

"It’s already popular for advertising missing cats," Mr Clarke said. "Owners can quickly get an advert online, share it with friends on social networks, and then print posters to pin up on real noticeboards”

"Being able to do all your promotion in one place is a real time saver"

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