New region: Syracuse
Apr 10, 2014
New York state is growing! We just added a Syracuse pinball map to the site. It’s currently listing 20 locations, and 27 pinball machines.
Do you know of any spots in that area with pinball that aren’t listed yet? Maybe the Rockefeller family’s favorite brewpub at Skaneateles Lake has a few? If so, send the locations to our Syracuse admin, David, and he’ll add them to the map!
In total, this makes FOUR regional pinball maps for New York:
New Region: Las Vegas
Feb 27, 2014
New Region: Las Vegas We’ve had a lot of requests for a Las Vegas regional pinball map. But no one was into being the administrator, so we never added it (it seemed like all the people requesting it were visitors). But! Our Utah admin, Jeff, visits Vegas often and has taken the helm. Thanks, Jeff!
So, have at it! Las Vegas
Right now the region is listing only 5 locations, but 185 machines.
Two new regions: Utah and Hudson Valley
Feb 3, 2014
We added two new regions to the site!
Utah (the entire state!)
Hudson Valley, New York
The bulk of the action in Utah is around Salt Lake City. But there are machines throughout the state. The administrator travels a lot – so he’s going to do his best to keep things up to date. If you live in the state, please update the map! Right now it’s tracking 14 locations and 59 machines.
How we keep the map ad free
Jan 28, 2014
Hello. We thought it might be interesting to talk a little bit about what goes into the general development and maintenance of the pinball map. Specifically, the things that we do to keep everything free (and ad free) for you, our treasured users.
The Perl Years Initially, the PBM was just the “Portland Pinball Map”, because that’s where Ryan and I played pinball. It’s just the town we knew, OK?
Share Your Map Updates on Social Media
Jan 21, 2014
We added a new social-share feature to the site. When you add a machine to a spot, you’ll get a little prompt inviting you to share your activity on social media. Like this:
If you click one of the icons, you’ll be brought to that site, with the contents of your post already filled in and ready to go. Like so:
Right now we have it set up for Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
New region - Charleston
Dec 10, 2013
We added a new region to the site: Charleston, South Carolina! Psyched to have them on board. They have a good pinball scene, and I’m sure it’s only gonna get stronger!
Find news and map updates on Twitter @CharlestonPins
36 Ways to Share Pinball Love with IFTTT
Nov 19, 2013
In a previous blog post, titled Reviews of Various Twitter Feed Services, we concluded that IFTTT.com is the bomb. It has an extremely simple, visual interface (with nice and giant text and images), and most importantly, it works great!
Here’s a visual of the very simple recipe we use:
IF update to RSS, THEN post update to Twitter
We have one mega Twitter account that uses all 36 IFTTT recipes, sharing updates from all regions across the site.
Scene Report: Eugene's Blairalley
Oct 24, 2013
This post is part of an ongoing series that highlights some cool things about the regions covered on the site. It was written by our Eugene regional administrator, Dylan.
Blairally Vintage Arcade is tucked away in an alley off of Blair Boulevard in the historic and hysteric Whiteaker neighborhood in Eugene, Oregon. Located in the heart of Eugene’s new brewery district, Blairally has a ton of great beers on tap or in the eternally-classy tall boy can.
Scene Report: Riverside's Lake Alice Trading Company
Sep 19, 2013
This post is part of an ongoing series that highlights some cool things about the regions covered on the site. It was written by our Los Angeles regional admin, Edgar.
Downtown Riverside is much like any Downtown area: museums, antique stores, curious statues and land marks. But, on the south side of University Avenue, between Market and Orange streets, sits a little pinball oasis: Lake Alice Trading Company Saloon & Eatery.
Mobile site update
Sep 10, 2013
There are two ways to access pinballmap.com: through a website browser, and through a mobile app (on either the Android or iOS platforms). And browsers, for the most part, are accessed either by a desktop/laptop computer or a smartphone/tablet. Most of our users who visit the site via a browser are using a desktop/laptop, but some are on their phones! Why would anyone access the website via a browser on their phone when they can just tap into the data via an app?