Throughout the Enterprise's 115-year history, staff have been on the scenes of all kinds of events to chronicle the life and times of our communities. Taking photographs is a large part of that mission.
Just like any family's photographs, pictures in the Enterprise are seen as important keepsakes, but clipping them out of the paper was the practically only way to share those pictures until earlier this decade, when the Enterprise started selling prints of its many photos - more than just those that appeared in the paper - on its Web site.
In April 2007, the Enterprise introduced CU, a community photo-sharing section of its Web site that took those online photo galleries to a new level. CU.AdirondackDailyEnterprise.com has grown and now hosts tens of thousands of photos of the Tri-Lakes area, taken by readers as well as staff.
Starting today, a CU upgrade will vastly improve the reader experience. The main goal was to make the site easier to use. Some of the many improvements include the following:
improved search capabilities
ability to share galleries and photos on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter
improved My CU section
ability to easily add tags and captions
improved mobile program
ability to rate galleries and photos
improved navigation and viewing options.
"With these improvements, CU can finally live up to its huge potential," Enterprise Managing Editor Peter Crowley said. "The most successful Web sites are all self-explanatory and easy to use, and while CU wasn't all that hard to navigate, it sometimes required a few too many clicks to get where you wanted to go. Now it's more streamlined. I really encourage everyone to use it.
"CU is a tremendous resource - it's the visual record of our communities."
If you are not yet registered on CU, it's easy and free. You can either log on to our Web site at www.AdirondackDailyEnterprise.com and click on the CU link, or go directly to CU.AdirondackDailyEnterprise.com. Registered users can post photos of their family, church, school, service organizations or themselves. There is no limit to how many pictures or galleries you can post.
On the Web site, CU.AdirondackDailyEnterprise.com, you will see two sections: We CU and You CU.
The You CU section contains photos that the community has uploaded. It can be used to connect local people with each other and with others far away.
The We CU section is comprised of photo galleries shot by the newspaper staff. These photos can be purchased on the CU site in prints of many sizes and on a wide variety of products such as your own sports posters, mouse pads, puzzles, coffee mugs, magnets and sports balls.