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Placeblogger is a site that aggregates and organizes content from local blogs.
The site, founded by Boston-area blogger Lisa Williams in 2007, allows users to create specialized feeds and maps of local blogs. The site has a database of blogs sorted into designated market areas for advertisers, as well as a service to help license local blog content. In 2009, Placeblogger redesigned its site to encourage more personal interaction.
Placeblogger received $222,000 in startup funding from the Knight Foundation through its News Challenge in 2007.
Windy Citizen was a Chicago-based local news site that used crowd curation to determine its lead stories. It was founded in 2008 and shut down in 2012. Windy Citizen relied on user submissions for its content. It used a Digg-like mechanism for determining stories’ popularity, asking users — whose identity on the site was tied to…