17 tips for geting more out of Inforum.com

At 9.3 million pages, Inforum.com is a pretty massive website. Here are some tips to help you find the info you want and maybe a thing or two you didn’t know about. Also, because Forum Communications websites are built on the same basic model, some of the basic ideas should work for other FCC sites like WDAY, the Duluth News-Tribune, the Grand Forks Herald, the Jamestown Sun, etc.

  1. The latest stories – To see the most recently-posted stories visit this link to the “updates” tag stream (don’t worry if you don’t know what a tag stream is; just follow the web addy): http://www.inforum.com/event/tag/tag/updates. To use this tip on another FCC property’s site, just replace the “inforum.com” with that property’s domain. For example insert “grandforksherald” to get http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/tag/tag/updates.
  2. Web cam – Now this is cool! When we placed our refurbished sign atop The Forum building, we also installed a webcam that runs live! Check it out http://www.inforum.com/pages/webcam.
  3. SheSays – Fan of the SheSays section? There’s lots of stuff in there that doesn’t make it to the homepage. Visit http://www.inforum.com/event/tag/tag/shesays/ for the SheSays page on Inforum.
  4. Minnesota Twins news – Yeah, we’ve got a page for that: http://www.inforum.com/event/tag/tag/twins/.
  5. Minnesota Vikings news – Yep! Got that too: http://www.inforum.com/event/tag/tag/vikings/.
  6. NDSU Bison athletics news – Here you go: http://www.inforum.com/event/tag/tag/Bison/
  7. Concordia Cobbers athletics news – Yep. http://www.inforum.com/event/tag/tag/cobbers/
  8. MSUM Dragon athletics news – Yep again. http://www.inforum.com/event/tag/tag/dragons/
  9. The calendar – Find out about festivals, music and other happenings about the area or submit your event to our community calendar. It’s at http://www.inforum.com/event/calendar/
  10. Election news – Looking for more info on the recent election? Go to our election page at http://www.inforum.com/event/tag/tag/election/
  11. iPad app – There is an iPad app for Inforum as well as some other FCC properties. Search the app store to find it.
  12. Local movie times/locations – See what movies are showing where and when in Fargo-Moorhead at http://www.inforum.com/event/movies/.
  13. Movie trailers – Trailers for movies coming to the area are here: http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/318507/
  14. Email and mobile alerts – Wanna know when news breaks? Sign up for email and mobile news/weather text alerts from Inforum.com at http://www.inforum.com/event/account:homepage/tab/Email%20Alerts/
  15. Find more stories on a topic – Stories on Inforum are categorized by “tag” words. You’ll find a list of these words at the bottom of the story. Click on a tag word to find more stories with that same tag.
  16. Search bar – At the top of Inforum.com is a search bar (see pic)  that can help you find what you’re looking for. Do NOT use quotation marks around search phrases. Also, below the search box is a list of top searches you may find interesting; they’re clickable.
  17. Social media sharing buttons – Above the headlines of Inforum stories are buttons for sharing the story on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.