lokol helps you discover what's happening right now in Cleveland
We find local content from all over the Internet and bring it together on this website. Local content is sourced from news media, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, websites, and more.
lokol helps you live, work, and play in Cleveland
We connect friends and families, people to jobs, volunteers to good causes, students to education, businesses to customers, sports fans to local results, and citizens to each other and the world. Educators, business people, realtors, government officials, community leaders, tourists, and everyone can benefit by using lokol – here’s how YOU can benefit.
News and information is presented visually and grouped by subject
Just click an item to read it. A post can include text, graphics, photos, videos, documents, links to websites, Facebook pages, Twitter widgets, and more. Some posts allow comments too. lokol works great on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Share your own content for free
lokol allows anyone to share anything – including you! Post anything for free – news, events, jobs, sports results, business promotions, and more. Simply navigate to the subject page where you want your post to appear and click the New Post button - here’s a step-by-step tutorial. We also offer advertising services to help you reach a wider audience.
Sign up for your free membership
Anyone can visit and view this lokol website, but you must sign up for a free membership to like or dislike posts, add comments, post your own content, send messages to other members, receive news alerts, participate in contests, and more. Members must use their real names because we believe it increases the quality of the information posted, and leads to more meaningful feedback and discussions for the betterment of your community.
By using this lokol website, you are building a smart community
Smart communities begin with people and their connections to each other. lokol community websites are expertly designed to unlock the social capital and economic potential of your community. Watch our video to find out how.
Start your day and discover your community by visiting lokol Cleveland!
Our Founders and Sponsors
MediaSpark subsidiary lokol is the company behind lokol Cleveland.
We built this web platform for communities around the world, starting with our own. Our decades of experience in community economic development and entrepreneurship has provided us a vision for how community development really happens. Our conclusion is that it is less about roads, buildings, and institutions, and more about people. More specifically, people connections within the community and around the world. lokol is uniquely designed to facilitate these connections - to build and unlock our social capital. Watch this video to find out how! Find out more about lokol and MediaSpark.
Our sponsors share our vision...
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Who manages the site and content?
Do I have to sign up to use lokol?
You can view content without having to sign up. But, you must sign up to post a comment, article, or anything else. Sign up is fast and easy!
Can information be posted anonymously?
Yes and no. Most information posted on lokol cannot be anonymous. That is by design to avoid inappropriate and thoughtless "drive by" comments you often find on many other websites. There are some sections of lokol that do allow you to post anonymously, such as when you are looking for a job.
Why not Facebook?
Facebook is great for sharing personal information with your friends and family. But, when you have something to share with your broader local community, you cannot do so effectively. Sure, you can create a Facebook page for your business and event, but then how do you go about letting people know that the page even exists? That's the hard part. lokol serves as the first place our local community can go to to find valuable information, including your Facebook page. If everyone in our community is coming to one place to find information about the community, then it is much more likely that your news will be found and shared. So, keep your Facebook account for sharing your vacation photos and dinner menu with your friends, but come to lokol to share information you want to be known beyond your Facebook friends. Individuals and businesses can use lokol to promote their websites, Facebook pages, blogs, events, and more.
Does lokol replace other community websites?
No. lokol is designed to make it easier for people to find out about everything in our community by offering the first place to go to. If you already have your own website, that's great .... use lokol to guide people to your website. If you need a website that makes it really, really easy for you to post and share news and information, then use lokol as your own mini-website (it's free too).
Can I advertise on lokol?
Yes. Post whatever you want, whenever you want for free. This includes ads, coupons, deals of the day, sales, and more. Your posting will appear just like any other. It will not be a conventional banner ad. Just be reasonable about your posts and keep them fresh (i.e, if the big sale is over, then take down the ad).
If you would like a more prominent profile on lokol, you can sponsor specific sections (such as business, sports, education, etc.). It only costs as little as a few dollars per day. View advertising options.
Social Capital Score
The Social Capital Score is displayed in the header at the top of the website and measures the vibrancy of our community ecosystem. The score increases as more posts, likes, dislikes, and comments are added to this website. Social Capital facilitates the knowledge transfer, skill development, and relationships between our people that are needed to make more good things happen in our community.
Awards and prizes are granted to members who make unique contributions to the success of the lokol community.
Easy-to-follow tutorials are available to help you make the most of this website! Browse tutorials.