What is imby?
Imby is the local social network—a virtual community designed to build real community.
What is imby for?
Supporting all things local—food, farms, schools, culture, government. Promoting the values of sustainability, affordability, and sociability. Getting to know your neighbors, and working and playing with them.
Will anyone else have access to my email address if I register?
Absolutely not. And it will never get sold.
How do I register?
Click “sign up” at the top of the page, fill in the form, and click “sign up” within the form. A black box will appear at the top of the page to tell you that you will receive an email confirming your registration. Open the email, click on the link, and you’re in.
How do I post a profile picture?
Click “edit profile” under the empty little white box next to your name. Click “Photo” in the form. When your computer directory pops up, choose a picture you like, click on it once, and then click “Open”. When the photo appears, place your cursor in the lower right hand corner of the small dotted-line box and drag it over the photo to crop it square. You can use any of the tiny boxes around the edge of the dotted-line to move the box up, down or sideways. Click “Upload,” and then “Post.”
Do I have to post a profile picture?
No. But we hope you do. Part of building community is getting to know your neighbors. We’d like you to see each other online, so you recognize each other on the street, or at the post office, or in restaurants, or anywhere else you run into each other.
Do I have to live in the community to sign up on a community site?
No, but we’d suggest that you sign up in a community that’s near where you live or work, or one that you visit frequently.
Can I switch sites, once a site for my community is established?
Yes, you can. And should.
Who provides the content on imby?
You do. imby content is almost entirely user-generated. Like Facebook, Wikipedia, Craigslist, Angieslist, and Yelp, it’s all yours.
What should I post on the Front Page?
Preferably articles, stories, photos, video or audio that fit into any of 12 categories listed on the right side of every page. But announcements, observations, major events, or even just a blurb are fine too. It can be original, or shared from another site. See below for instructions for sharing from another site.
How do I post on the Front Page?
First, make sure you’re on the Front Page. Then click “Post a story/media” and fill out the form. Choose at least one category, and up to three. If the post is original, you are the author, and you don’t need to attribute the source or author; your name will come up when you post. Write the text directly into the form, or in a Word document, and cut and paste it into the “Story” box. Finally, click “Preview,” and if the post needs further editing, click “Back” and make changes. Once it’s complete, click “Submit.”
How do I post photos?
On the Front Page, or in Directory, Calendar, Blogs, Newcomers, or Milestones, click “Photo” at the bottom of the form, and then “Select image” Find the photo on your computer, click on the file name once to highlight it, and then click “Open,” and the file name will appear in the box next to “Select image.” Another box will appear and you can repeat the process up to 5 times. (You can post up to 6 photos per post.)
How do I resize photos, if necessary?
If a photo is larger than 3MB, it should be resized down to a pixel width of 1000, before posting. On a Mac, use the Preview program; on a PC, use Paint.
How do I post a video?
It’s best to post a video from a video site. Find the video on YouTube or Vimeo, and copy the URL. Go back to IMBY, click “Link” at the bottom of the form, and paste the URL in the box that comes up.
How do I share something posted on another site?
Make sure you attribute the site as Source, and the author as Author (including the photographer). Copy the lead paragraph, or another paragraph into the “Story” box. Click “Link” at the bottom of the form and cut and paste the Web address of the article or photo or video you’re posting into the box. If you want to include an image, drag it onto your desktop, click “Photo,” then click “Select file,” highlight the file that’s on your desktop, and click “Open.” Now treat it like any other story. Click “Preview” to make sure it’s what you want. If not, click “Back” and edit. If so, click “Submit.”
Should I post the same post on more than one site?
All posts will appear in Regional (e.g. Hudson, New York and beyond) as well as Local, so we suggest posting on more than one site only if a post is particularly relevant to both sites.
Can I view and post on sites for other communities?
Yes. You can view and post anywhere on any imby site, no matter where you sign up.
What is the bar at the top of the page for?
We call it a slider, and it takes you from Local (one site) to Regional (the Local site and neighboring sites) to Global (imby’s coming-soon portal). Place your cursor on the bar, and slide it forward or backward.
How do I get to other communities?
Click on “Visit communities,” and then click on the name of the community you want to visit on the map. OR Slide the slider from Local to Regional, and you’ll see all content on all nearby sites.
How do I get my business in the Directory, or my event in the Calendar?
Click either DIRECTORY or CALENDAR in the menu at the top of the page. Click “Post a listing” or “Post an event”. Fill out the form, including as much description as you like. If you want to add photos, click “Photo,” then “Select file,” and your files will appear. Choose a file, and click “Open.” Same for Video and Audio. Click “Preview” to see if it’s what you want. If not, click “Back” and edit. If so, click “Submit.” You can edit the listing anytime, just by clicking “Edit”.
How do I place an ad?
Keep it simple. The ads are small, but they link to your website or Facebook page, so the logo or the name of the business (or organization), and an identifying word, if necessary, is plenty:
1. Click “Advertise” in the upper right corner of the page.
2. Read the text, then click “Create new ad.”
3. Select size (Standard Link Ad or Large Link Ad) and format (Text ad or Upload logo or image).
4. If you selected Upload logo or image, click “Select file,” find the ad on your computer, click “Open” and the file name will appear in the box. Place the cursor in the lower right corner of the little square box in the upper left corner, and drag it to crop the image. If you selected Text ad, create an ad with the tools provided.
5. Choose local or regional distribution. Regional costs 20% more.
6. Make sure the site selected is the right one (Hudson or Claverack).
7. Choose monthly or annual purchase. Annual costs 20% less. In either case, you will be billed monthly, not annually. Annual purchase just means annual commitment.
8. Enter your credit card details.
What if I just have a question? Or a quick comment? Or I just want to chat?
Go to BACK FENCE. That’s what it’s for.
We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your personal information. This policy tells you how we use and protect your information on http://imby.com. It applies only to information collected on our website, and does not apply to information collected from other sources. It is effective as of March 4, 2013. Imby.com is owned and operated by Imby, Inc, so this agreement is made with Imby, Inc.
We will keep this policy posted and encourage you to read and understand it. We take your privacy seriously and think you probably do as well. We may change our policy from time to time, and will post the changes, so please review it frequently, to make sure you have current information. When you access and use imby.com, you are agreeing to the terms in this policy (as well as our terms of service). If you do not agree to these terms, please do not use imby.com.
Information we collect
No information required. You may read imby.com without telling us who you are, or revealing any information about yourself.
Information we collect upon membership Registration. In order to post, comment, and “like” other posts, we require that you create an account and become a member. When you pay us or authorize us to collect payment via our merchant processor, this information is linked with your Imby membership account. We may also ask for additional information from time to time.
Optional information. You may have the opportunity to provide us with additional optional information about yourself. You may choose to do this because it enhances the imby experience for you and/or other Imby users. This may include information such as a URL of your choosing, or some free-form text that you might want to include about yourself.
Log data. We may record some or all of the information your browser sends to our servers. This may include information such as your IP address, the domain you are visiting from, your browser type, the third party website from which your visit originated, the operating system you are using, the pages you visit on our website, and/or terms you may have searched for. We use this information to monitor and improve imby’s technical performance of our and to improve the overall Imby experience.
How we use your information
General Use. Our primary purpose in collecting and using your personal information is to provide you with a safe, efficient, and customized experience. This might include helping us carry out your requests, respond to your inquiries, or just better serve you.
Communication. If you provide us your personal contact information on Imby (e.g., email, phone number, Twitter or Facebook username) we may use it to provide you Imby functionality, market to you, and/or provide you information about imby. If you do not wish to receive information from us, just unsubscribe using the instructions provided in the communication.
Improving our service. We may use personal information to better understand user behavior and research & analysis in order to operate and improve imby.
Aggregated non-personal information. We may share aggregated non-personal information with third parties.
We do not sell or rent your personal information to third parties without your explicit consent.
How We Protect Your Information
We understand that you are trusting us with the personal information you share with us. We take this very seriously and treat your information as an asset that must be protected. Your information is stored on our servers located in the United States. We use tools (encryption, passwords, etc.) to protect your personal information against unauthorized access and disclosure. However, despite our best efforts, there may be third parties that try to hack into our systems or intercept our data communications. Therefore, although we will work very hard to protect it, we cannot guarantee that your personal information or private communications will remain private 100% of the time.
In order to improve the imby experience, we use “cookie” technology. A cookie is a small file placed on your hard drive that can be used to do things such as: help us better understand how people use our service, remember your settings when you repeatedly visit our website, and let you customize your Imby experience. A few additional things you might want to know about cookies:
- You can adjust your cookie settings in your browser (and may turn off cookies entirely).
Our disclosure of your information
Despite anything else we’ve said in this policy, we may disclose your personal information to respond to legal requirements, enforce our policies, or protect anyone’s rights, property or safety. If we do disclose your information for one of these reasons, we will do it in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
We may also share your personal information with:
- Other third parties whom you explicitly ask us to send your information to.
- Law enforcement or other government officials, in response to a verified request relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity. In such events, we will disclose information that is relevant to the investigation.
Other Sites / Links
Our website may link or contain links to other third-party websites that we do not control or maintain. We are not responsible for the privacy policies employed by any third-party website. Anytime you leave imby and visit a third-party website, we encourage you to read and review the privacy policies and practices of those websites before submitting any personal information.