Soul to soul

SoulCiti has done very well in garnering paid ads and from the very beginning, back in 1998, has been a dynamic on-line resource, beginning, I believe, as an arm of, although it may perhaps since have been spun off. Its weekly SoulCiti Distro list has become indispensable to nearly 13,000 subscribers as an alert to events around Central Texas of special interest to urban professionals. I especially appreciate the event format and that who submitted each item is shown. announces itself as “the fastest growing site for Austin’s urban community.” When Soul of Austin first came to my attention, I wondered who was behind it; there are contact names but the domain-registration information is masked. There don’t seem to be equivalent domains for Dallas or Houston, as at first seemed possible, but there is a I like the Soul of Austin event calendar for its big-picture qualities, although it’s inside a nested menu, not accessible in one click. Soul of Austin appears to be aggressively pursuing paid ads, just as SoulCiti does. Its motto is: “It’s more than information. It’s interaction.” I’m not sure what that encompasses in its entirety, but Soul of Austin, unlike SoulCiti, offers a restricted-access area to registered members only. It is here that a user wishing to take advantage of the networking feature can create a free personal profile, upload a photograph, and create and share other content. Ad rates for SoulCiti are revealed; those seeking information on Soul of Austin ad rates are counseled to seek it by e-mail. In some ways, these two ventures might be considered to be competitors; each, however, offers features that the other does not and so they are complementary in offering information-sharing to the diverse African-American community of central Texas.

2 Comments so far

  1. Candice (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

    I am actually the founder of and thought you had a very unbiased and informative blog. I enjoyed reading.

    As a side note:
    The tag line “It’s more than information. It’s interaction.” refers to the site being than a place to gather information about Austin, but to interact through your online profile with those who live in Austin.

    Candice Castillo

  2. Rantor (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 1:05 am

    If there has been any print commentary on the arrival of, I haven’t happened to run across it, at least not yet. Word of mouth and e-mail are working well, though, to let people know that the Austin on-line universe is expanding. Thanks for checking in!

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