Our Echo
Everyone has a story. What's Yours?
 

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OurEcho is dedicated to capturing and sharing the individual "bits and pieces" that define our local communities. Our goal is to provide a forum for local communities to share who they are through their stories and photographs. When you take the time to share these reflections with others, you help us better understand you, the world we live in, and if we are lucky, they help us better understand ourselves.

Getting started is easy, fast and free!

Create An Account:
Becoming a member is a simple process.
1. Select the "Create an Account" link in the top right corner of the OurEcho homepage.
2. Include your email address and select a password.
3. Please include your name and location but only as much information as you are comfortable providing. Pen names and generic locations are acceptable.
4. If you choose, you may also provide a link to your site or blog and a bio.

Share Your Story:
Sharing your story only takes a minute.
1. Select "Add a Post" from the OurEcho homepage.
2. When prompted, sign in using your email address and the password you selected.
3. Select the type of story you are writing and include a primary person, year and individual. These three items identify the main components of the story are used by OurEcho to organize stories. The more specific you can be, the easier your story can be located within OurEcho, as well as by search engines like Google and Yahoo.
4. In the space provided include your story and then select “Continue.”
5. If you wish, on the pages that follow, upload photos and audio to accompany your story – select “Continue.”
6. Review your story and select "Publish." You must select “Publish” for your story to be published on OurEcho.

Edit Your Story:
Editing your story is simple too!
1. Select “My Stories” from the top right corner of the OurEcho “Home” page. If you are not signed in, be sure to do so.
2. Find the story that you would like to edit from the list of stories that you have uploaded, and select the edit button to the right of the title.
3. If needed, change the type and location of the story and select “Continue” at the bottom of the page.
4. Edit your story then select “Continue.”
5. When you are finished editing, add photos and audio if you wish - if not select “Continue.” Then review and “Publish” your story.

OurEcho offers numerous contests – both monthly and content specific and also provides a mechanism to place paid sponsorships on each post. Writers receive 50% of the sponsorship fee. We also donate to a number of charities as a way of thanking those that post.

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1. Users can easily email links to their stories, as well as to other posts, to friends and relatives. From the “Story Page,” select the "Send to a Friend" link. This will open your email software with a formatted message. Simply enter the email addresses and hit send.

2. To view the location of visitors to your post, on the “Story Page” select the "Visitors" link located next to the "Send to a Friend" link. Once on the “Visitors” page, selecting the "Country" column will sort the data by country; selecting the "Date" column will sort by date (the default).

3. A "Visitors" link is also available on the main menu lists. This "Visitors" link shows the visitors to the entire OurEcho site and not just the individual posts.

4. The OurEcho “Home” page contains a summary view of the entire site. To see all of the posts, select the "View Posts" link. Once in the page, stories can be sorted by each column by using the small up and down arrows near each column header. Selecting the up arrow, sorts that column alphabetically in ascending order. Selecting the down arrow, sorts the column alphabetically in descending order. The use of up and down arrows is used consistently throughout the site to sort the data based on the data within that column.

5. On the "My Stories" page, you can compare the popularity of your post against other posts on the site.

6. A quick search option is located at the top of each main page, which allows users to search the main components of each story. A main “Search” page is also available which provides an in-depth search of all stories, as well as the ability to view stories by story type, story id and writer's conference.

7. Posting comments and providing feedback to other contributors is an integral part of OurEcho. To add a comment, open the appropriate story and select "Add a Comment.” Include your comments in the text box provided. You may be asked to input letters in a text box that you see in a picture if you aren’t signed in to your OurEcho account. Input those letters and then select "Add Comment" and you’re done! If the contributor has agreed to it, you can also contact the writer of the story by selecting the "Contact" link that is next to the writer’s name. Input your name, email address, the subject of your letter and your message. Then input the letters that you see in the small letter picture into the text box provided, select "Send Message" and your message is sent!

8. The popularity of each story depends on the number of UNIQUE visitors that go to that story page. The best way to increase the popularity of your stories is to have your friends and family visit your story pages. To view the most popular posts, select "Popular Posts" from the OurEcho “Home” page. The "30 Day Score" ranks the story's popularity over the last 30 days, and the "Total Score" ranks the story's popularity since it was posted on the site. (Use the arrows located next to each category to sort the posts from most points to least and vice-versa.)

9. When posting a story, fill in the person and location with actual names, rather than using generic ones, like "Dad" and "home.” This will help search engines like Google and Yahoo make your stories easier to find.

10. Pictures within stories can be selected, and will expand to their original size when selected.

11. The "headphones" icon means that the story features audio. The “$” icon means the story is sponsored and the "trophy" icon means that the story is an award winner.

12. If a story has a voice recording, it can be played from the media player that is built into the page. Just select the "Play" button to start the recording, and the "Stop" button to stop it.