What's The Info On PlattInfo?
|Way back in the day when the info kiosks worked.|
PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY -- 7/26/16
The poster hung on the large bulletin board, protected by a plexiglass shield. Brief description of the poster: annoying.
Matt Hall walked by the bulletin board while going to work, day after day, until he decided it was time to say something about the poster.
None of the few words on the poster were offensive, obscene or discriminatory. The simple words were superimposed over a painting featuring Plattsburgh City landmarks, City Hall and the towering obelisk with the bronze eagle on top.
The poster proclaimed: PlattInfo. Sights. Shopping. Dining. plattinfo.com
Near the bulletin board stood a metal kiosk, recently repainted to cover up the rust. It's electronic touchscreen remained black. At one time -- probably two years ago -- the screen brightly glowed, displaying all sorts of info about downtown.
Matt knew the story behind the poster, the info kiosks, the PlattInfo website. More than I had realized when I was just covering the kiosk aspect.
November 22, 2012. An article appeared in the city (news)paper announcing the PlattInfo project. Three touchscreen kiosks would be installed. It sounded like it was about ready to go, including a website providing info on restaurants and other attractions in the city. Business subscriptions were $52 a year, an amount even a small business could afford -- or so it was claimed.
In an email interview Matt explained: "As coordinator at ROTA Gallery I was approached by the PlattInfo folks to buy into a subscription at $52 a year. I told them that I wasn't comfortable approving the expense and wanted to wait and see how the kiosks did over time before putting money into the project."
It's a good thing he waited. The info kiosks have been dead for the last two years. And plattsinfo.com? Outside of a basic introduction nothing has been added despite the site's statement: Stay tuned for news. Matt verified the inactivity with the online resource the Wayback Machine.
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