Top 10 Ways to Make Patch Yours

Here's a handy list of ways you can use Patch to become more informed and engaged in your community

It’s been nearly a year and a half since we started South San Francisco Patch, and now we’re more proud than ever to be part of the community.

We remind you why we're here and what this site is all about.

Simply put, it's about you.

Patch gives you plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions, post photos and announcements, and add events to the community calendar. We hope that our site will strengthen the community, but we can't do it without you. So get to it!

1. Comment on an Article

We subscribe to the idea that "news is a conversation." Much of our reporting will emanate from what readers tell us in e-mails, comments on our sites and in conversations around town. Share your thoughts and reactions to our articles by posting a comment directly below each story. 

2. Post an Event 

Do you know of a book signing at our local bookstore, a celebrity chef appearing at cooking store or an art exhibit at a local coffee shop? Is there a garage sale or graduation ceremony coming up? If it's not on our Patch calendar, it should be. Feel free to add your event to our site at southsanfrancisco.patch.com/events/new

3. Post an Announcement

. Tell us who made the honor roll or share school awards, social notes and thank you shout outs. If you're looking for volunteers or searching for your lost dog, we welcome you to call on your community for help. Just remember, announcements should be for personal use and not for advertising. Employment opportunities can be posted on our online Marketplace, located under the "More" tab on the home page.

4. Claim Your Directory Listing 

Our business and organization listings aren't skimpy. Our team of researchers actually hit the streets and visited businesses, schools, parks, libraries and more so we can provide photos as well as detailed information such as products sold and hours of operation. To contact us about the listing for your business or organization, e-mail us at directorysupport@patch.com. If you own or manage a business or organization in our directory, claim it at southsanfrancisco.patch.com/places.

5. Review Businesses

Do you want to be the first to tell your friends whether the new restaurant in town gets two thumbs-up? Like your local hardware store? Are the clothes on the rack at a Kentucky Street shop the real deal? You can post a review of your favorite (or least favorite) business on any listing at southsanfrancisco.patch.com/places.

6. Social Media Engagement

Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthSanFranciscoPatch and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/SSFPatch. Immerse yourself in our content and actively contribute and engage via social media. Let's start a conversation together.

7. Send a News Tip

At the bottom of the homepage, there's a link that says, "Send Us News Tips." Tell us about stories we should cover. Your tip will be sent straight to Drew Himmelstein, South San Francisco Patch's editor.

8. Sign Up for Newsletters

The daily South San Francisco Patch newsletter brings you all articles and announcements that have been posted in the last 24 hours. It is delivered to your e-mail every day at 6 a.m. You can also sign up for the weekly newsletter, which shows a subset of the content created and featured on our site over the last few days. It is delivered every Thursday at 10 a.m. Sign up for our newsletter here.

9. Upload Your Photos and Video 

Upload videos of the high football touchdown or your Little Leaguer's first home run. Post photos from local festivals, or send in a snapshot of your best holiday recipes. We invite you to share the memories that you've caught on camera with the rest of the community. You can add your photos to individual article or to our growing Neighborhood Gallery.

10. Send a Letter to the Editor

Patch would like to extend an invitation to every member of the South San Francisco community to submit a letter to the editor. Express your thoughts or concerns about anything that might be stirring up conversation around town, and we'll post it. Make sure it's not longer than 300 words and email it to Editor Drew Himmelstein at drew@patch.com. 

The more South San Francisco Patch serves as on online space for community dialogue, the more useful our site will be. So next time you have something to share with your neighbors, consider taking a moment to send a letter to Patch. Chances are, you're not the only who feels that way.

For all advertising queries, please e-mail our Regional Publisher Brigitte Center atbrigitte.center@patch.com.

Mark Cox February 16, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I really appreciate what Patch does for our South City community and I would love to see it continue to grow, but I get the feeling while there are a lot of viewers of the articles, there's only a handful of people who regularly contribute with comments or other input. The strength of this web site will depend on a diversity of residents giving their voice and taking some ownership of the content and direction of the articles. If you've never done so, let me encourage you to comment on an article or suggest a news topic or even write a blog... It's fun!
Drew Himmelstein (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Mark, I could not love your comment more. You're absolutely right--a lot more people read the articles than contribute to the site, and while that will always be true to some extent and there's certainly nothing wrong with it, I'd love it if more people got involved online. Part of that is providing new ways and interesting ways for people to contribute, and I'm on that.
Austin Choi February 18, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I think the SSF Patch stands out because it reports info that are interesting and about South SF. It seems there's always something cool going on within the SSF community.


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