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How to Search on the Local News Gossip App


Depending on where you live and what you call local news, there may be 1000's of local news posts on the Zipper or a dozen.  If there's 100 people in your town, not much might be going on but that doesn't make it less important to you.  What happens if there are 100's or 1000's of local news or local gossip posts per day on the Zipper.   How do you possible handle that much info and more importantly, how do you find what you are most interested in.  Let's take a look at the search function and how it brings your local news to you.

The Zipper already has some built-in tools to help you filter all the possible local news zips.  Of course, you have the channels which are essentially categories that limit the available posts by topics such as deals, gossip, or music.  The system also keeps track of an implied popularity of available posts based on the Thumbs, # of rezips, and freshness.  This is a great way to just get important and up to date local news hits from the main window but sometimes you're looking for something specific and no one wants to scan through all the different posts to find what you're looking for (if that was even feasible).  Enter the search function.

At the top of the window, next to the Channel and Location drop downs, you will see the search bar.   This is the place to go.  It's pretty straight forward.  You type in a particular name, place, or thing that you're looking for.  For example, let's say you want to find out what's happening after homecoming or if you're time-challenged, when the homecoming is actually going to occur.  Just search on "homecoming" or better yet, your actual high school's name + "homecoming" for more specific local news hits related to this search.   Once you hit the Search button, a list of posts (which still have the applied filtering based on popularity mentioned above) will appear that have your search term in the title and or re-zip although the main post will have priority over rezips.  You can always research with more or less specific search terms to find exactly what you're looking for.   So when's a good time to use the search function.

Of course, there are the times when you need to find something specific.  It could be by searching for a particular person such as a gossip search.  For this, you would flip the Channel to Gossip and then search for the person in question.  Maybe just run a test search for you to make sure no one's talking junk about you!  That's a perfect example of using the search function in combination with a filtering Channel to further fine-tune your results.  Let's say you're planning to out to a bar or restaurant with friends.  Run a search on that restaurant to see if there are any deals available (you can select the "Deals or Eats" channel to further narrow your results).  You can see what else is going on with that particular restaurants.  Maybe they're closed or change menu items.    Maybe certain items are really good while others are average at best.  They might have a 2 for 1 drink special before 5:30.  Good news...guess you and the crew have reason to get there at 5 instead of 6. 

The search function is a powerful tool when combined with both local news and local gossip to help you get the information you want right away.  We'll let you come up with all the different ways to put it to use. 


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