I hope that all Americans are having a great turkey day today - Happy Thanksgiving!
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone here - your participation is what makes this community work. I am very grateful for you all. Thanks.
I also want to remind you guys about a few features on the Web site that you might not be aware of. Keep reading after the jump for more info...
We have changed the main Web site significantly this year and with that in mind, here are some reminders about a few neat features we have added:
With the new site launch in September we re-vamped our 'mobile' features. We offer several ways for users to get info about Las Vegas hotels, restaurants, casinos and shows while they are on the go. This means that you can get useful tips from Las Vegas Boulevard just as easily as you can from home.
There are a few ways to get at this stuff, all of which are detailed on our PocketVegas.net site: http://www.pocketvegas.net.
Do you have a high-tech PDA or smartphone like a Treo or BlackBerry? You can navigate our full mobile site by directing your browser here: http://cell.ratevegas.com
Now, sometimes doing your Web browsing on your phone can be a bit of a pain. Lucky for you, we have another option for instant info!
Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the hotel (hotels only for now) you want more info on. The subject can be left blank. So, for instance, if you wanted to learn about Bellagio you would simply send an email to the address above with just the work 'bellagio' in the body. Our system will send back the details about Bellagio, including ratings, restaurant info, shows and more in a return message. This is especially great for BlackBerry users out there - it works like a charm. If our system cannot understand you then we send back a note explaining why. This particular feature is still in beta testing so there may be a few glitches. If you do have trouble, I'd be interested in hearing more about it.
For those that are not familiar with RSS, we have a page here that explains what it is and how it is useful. In a nutshell, it allows you to add our content to your home page, such as MyYahoo!, MSN, AOL, Google and others.
With the advent of the new Web site, we have even more of our content available via RSS, including RateVegas.com comments/ratings, recent photos, VegasLists.com lists, and of course our podcast! We continue to add more content via RSS and I think it is very useful.
I think that's it for now. Thanks again for everyone's contributions to the blog and remember that if you have comments on a specific hotel stay, restaurant, show, etc..., please feel free to leave the comment on RateVegas.com where we maintain a large database of customer opinions that is helpful to anyone planning a trip. We no longer require users to create an account to submit ratings so it is even easier than before to share your thoughts!