East Village forum expands on OhSoWe

East Village neighbors now should find it easier to tackle odd jobs or spread the word on local events. They can check the East Village Chicago message board on OhSoWe.com using either a secure login or a Facebook app.

Co-founder Chuck Templeton outlined recent changes and future plans for the Chicago-based social network at this month's East Village Association meeting, and followed up this week by posting a step-by-step guide to using its year-old East Village message board, one of the site's first.

The board has 140 members, and starting now EVA membership is no longer required. Users can e-mail fliers or other documents to everyone who signs up for the spam-free weekly, daily or real-time e-mail updates.

The site also matches neighbors who are lending tools, offering services or making recommendations. Addresses or surnames are confidential, and Templeton (on the site as Chuck T.) plans to add reader ratings to further build trust.

OhSoWe's than 80 local forums include the Frankie Machine Community Garden, Eckhart Park Advisory Council and Chicago-Grand Neighbors Association, as well as interest groups for triathletes and University of Chicago business students.

EVA also sponsors Facebook and Yahoo! groups, as well as news feeds on Twitter, Everyblock and Broad Shoulders Update.

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