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Will Microlocal Work for Community Bulletin Board Sites?

Will Microlocal Work for Community Bulletin Board Sites?

The default local community bulletin board of Web 1.0 was Craigslist. The second generation, including Topix and Outside.In (now a part of AOL), pioneered hyperlocal news aggregation to construct a feed-based local newspaper — but these companies’ main challenge has been to nurture local conversations around news. Topix in particular has been able to develop active forums at a citywide level. The next question is whether microlocal news and forums — down to the block level — will work.

EveryBlock, now a part of msnbc.com, was the first to develop a microlocal news source, aggregating publicly available neighborhood data like police blotter reports, graffiti complaints and Yelp reviews down to a block level. The array of aggregated data include 1) Neighbor contributions 2) Public records and 3) Web based reviews and listings.

everyblock

Pulling public records and web based feeds is easy, Everyblock’s challenge is in attracting “neighbor” generated content. Even in a hyper-wired San Francisco, a good place to judge first-mover traction, the city message board is fairly sparse. Yesterday, Everyblock announced the addition of their new Events page with the intent to aggregate neighborhood events from the siloes of park and rec departments and newspaper things to do columns into one place.

nextdoor

Nextdoor.com is a new social “bulletin board” startup that attempts to jumpstart membership traction by setting a minimum of ten confirmed residents to establish a neighborhood. Once set up, the community bulletin boards provide typical utility, allowing neighbors to message each other, post events and classifieds, and make recommendations.

Is Facebook the solution?
Everyblock and Nextdoor are separate destinations that users normally don’t visit daily like Facebook. And they won’t visit them daily unless their neighbors are actively contributing new content. And when users do contribute content, like posting a neighborhood event or classified, they will generally gravitate to well trafficked sites like local media publishers (including Patch), or Craigslist for wider distribution. Communities need leaders: are there enough of them in smaller block-level areas to create traction?

Everyblock and Nextdoor may need to go where the local conversational action is, Facebook. For example, microlocals could partner with Facebook and allow their subscribers to create a Facebook group for their neighborhood with all the bells and whistles (classifieds, recommendations, events listings) associated with their web application. It would much easier to create “turnkey” neighborhoods by leveraging existing Facebook networks because it’s the simple Facebook login we’re all used to.

The obvious tradeoffs for this are 1) microlocals will lose direct visitors to their websites, and thus the necessary traffic needed to sell advertising, and 2) they get into bed with an elephant partner in Facebook that can change the rules  of the game easily. One possible business model would be to charge merchants for advertising across its own platform as well as through their associated Facebook group.

Patrick Kitano is founding Principal of Brand into Media, a strategy group for social brand management solutions, and administrator of the Breaking News Network, a national hyperlocal network devoted to community service. He is the author of Media Transparent, and contributor to Social Media Today, Daily Deal Media, and The Customer Collective.

22 thoughts on “Will Microlocal Work for Community Bulletin Board Sites?

  1. Interesting piece, Patrick.  Everyblock’s efforts are worthy of close attention.

    Indeed, the “neighbor conversation” online space is heating up tremendously, with at least a couple dozen start-ups and digital media giants trying to crack the code of neighborhood-level traction.

    Three out of five Burlington, VT households connect with their neighbors through our offering, FrontPorchForum.com.  Amazingly, in 2011 HALF of them posted.

    Most of us want to be more  connected to the people and place around where we live… this is a huge opportunity.

  2. I’ve got a couple of subtle and not-so-subtle corrections here from somebody in the trenches. I founded EveryBlock and have been working on it for 4.5 years.

    “EveryBlock, now a part of MSNBC, was one of the first to develop a microlocal news source…down to a block level” — No need to soften the language here. We were *the* first. 🙂

    Also, a subtle distinction: we’re a part of msnbc.com, which is a separate company from MSNBC.

    “Pulling public records and web based feeds is easy” — I wish it were! In fact, pulling public records is quite difficult. Convincing governments to open their data, writing the code that parses/scrapes it, figuring out what it *means* and explaining that in a way that normal people care about, AND doing this basically from scratch in each city (!): each of these things is a tough task, and each requires separate skill sets. It’s true that it’s getting easier given the trendiness of open government data as of late, but it’s still far from easy.

    “Even in a hyper-wired San Francisco, a good place to judge first-mover traction, the city message board is fairly sparse” — Judge us by our Chicago site, not San Francisco. http://chicago.everyblock.com/top/ is the place to look. Each day there are all sorts of block and neighborhood conversations happening all over the city.

    “Everyblock and Nextdoor are separate destinations that users normally don’t visit daily like Facebook” — Of course EveryBlock doesn’t compare to Facebook, but EveryBlock is indeed visited daily by our core users. It helps that we have a daily email digest of all activity near the places you follow.

    “And they won’t visit them daily unless their neighbors are actively contributing new content” — This is an incorrect assumption in the case of EveryBlock, because of all of our non-user-submitted news. Even if nobody in my neighborhood posts stuff in a given day, I’ll still see probably a dozen little pieces of news, whether it’s Flickr photos, reported crimes, neighborhood media mentions or any of the 20+ types of information we collect (some of which is visible in your screenshot above; it’s different in each metro). This is very deliberate on our part, precisely because of this problem you identified.

    Adrian @ EveryBlock

        1. Hi Adrian,

          I’ve amended the article to change the top two items.  The others aren’t factual errors, per se, but you’ve responded to them pretty well in the comment above.

          Best,
          David.

  3. Hmmm.

    Booting up new towns or areas is a very very difficult problem.  I live in SF and Adrian’s exhortation to visit Chicago makes me a little sad 🙂

    We’ve done a lot better in smaller towns without the competition of a place like Craigslist (which actually still does very very well with local forums in a lot of cities) and still it is mind blowingly difficult even there to get a new place going.  

    Our method was to aggregate and create local news feeds from 50k sources, often in places where we have become the only news source focused on their town, and our experience suggests that this works probabilistically — and it was best to do it in a *lot* of places as the percentage takeoff is way way under 100%

    Further, past a certain point, making the news “better” or adding a bunch of other stuff to it (we did this in our first iPhone app “Aura”) didn’t work to boot up new communities.  We keep an eye on the Everyblock service as they do about as much as you could *possibly* do with regards to integration of available info, but so far, the cost benefit doesn’t seem to be something we want to steal..er…innovate around.

    Instead, we’re trying to get our couple of thousand towns to start looking at a local take on national issues around the 2012 election and its associated issues to get more involvement, and then hope that this spreads activity and boots up more areas.

    Glad you guys are keeping watch on this space!

    Chris Tolles
    CEO Topix

  4. Local communities form around people not software.  

    If the software can help a local champion catalyze conversations in the community or help them make money or help them expand their influence in their area then activity will flourish through that software.

    Facebook can do that, though I’d argue local social connections are very different from personal social connections.

    Blogging platforms have done a pretty good job of serving the needs of local champions, but they can be too broadcast-oriented and lack the power of a collaborative space.  

    Wikis are good for participation, but they can be too complex to setup for many people and don’t necessarily serve local needs well.  

    Perhaps a more collaborative and open microblog approach could work.

    We’re developing something like that in the UK which we’ve called n0tice.com.  We’ve explicitly used the noticeboard or bulletin board metaphor, but we took it a step further and made it possible to create your own customized noticeboard for your local community.  

    …you can also make money.  You retain 85% of the revenue earned on featured ads on your noticeboard.

    Early days, clearly, but the model seems to appeal.

    Matt

  5. EveryBlock STARTED in Chicago. That would be the massive, huge, incontrovertible, undeniable difference as to why it is alive and kicking there, and not generating much discussion elsewhere (or so it seems). And here’s hoping that makes it clearer as to why you are not going to get genuine, real, heartfelt traction with all of these aggregation/generic/templatized type services. You MUST be born of the neighborhood to serve the neighborhood and be embraced by the neighborhood – and even then, it’s no slam dunk, trust me and the hundreds who are laboring at this across the country as true independent community-collaborative sites. Why in the world does everyone think there has to be a 7-11 or McDonald’s type chain of microlocal? Go create something that sings for your own hometown, and leave the rest of the world to be Authentically Local in their own way. If you really want to create a tool to help folks, then do so, but don’t do it by setting up Podunk.Mysoftware.Com x 1,000 and saying “Hi! We’re here! We want to be your gathering place!”

    P.S. Back to EveryBlock, I think what’s been created there is awesome – but there is no need for it to yearn to be a discussion site too. IMNSHO. 

    Tracy

    1. I agree, hometowns will naturally work in hyperlocal. I think the main question is how to take a national system like Everyblock and replicate that hometown spirit in other cities.

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    Few years ago, I was a stripper in a club. Due to the nature of the job that very

    time, I got infected with HIV which later led to AIDS. I went for a test and i was

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    HIV/AIDS disease cured with his healing herb spell. I have tried almost everything

    but I couldn’t find any solution or cure. I have spent so much money on drugs

    and several medications, but no cure until one day that i was just browsing on

    the internet when i came across a great post from Rose who truly said that she

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    powerful healing spell doctor; Dr. Moduku Williams. Then I was wondering why

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    great and perfect work that he has been doing in the lives of many that makes

    people to call him “Great Doctor”. I quickly contacted him with the information

    that were given to me by Rose. He gave me words of encouragement and told me

    that i will be healed. He also told me how to get the herbs and how to apply them.

    So i did exactly all he instructed. Behold, that same month all the strength that

    left me before jacked back . I regained my shape and i became very strong and

    healthy. Again, i went to hospital for test, to my greatest surprise i became HIV

    negative till date. This disease almost took my life. I am so amazed about the

    healing Dr. Moduku Williams gave to me. May God continue to bless him for his

    good work he is doing in the lives of many. If you have similar or different health

    challenge,or problems as enumerated below, you can also contact or email him

    now via the following information.

    CONTACT NUMBER: +2348161646564
    EMAIL:healthandsolution@outlook.com
    WHATSAPP: +2348100276732

    PLEASE NOTE THAT DR. MODUKU WILLIAMS IS ALSO A SPECIALIST IN CURING AND

    PROVIDING SOLUTIONS TO THE FOLLOWING

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    2. Cancer;
    3. menopause;
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    6. Sexually transmitted diseases of any kind. E.g Gonorrhea
    7. Delay in child bearing
    8. Stroke;
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    11. Low sperm count;
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22 thoughts on “Will Microlocal Work for Community Bulletin Board Sites?

  1. Interesting piece, Patrick.  Everyblock’s efforts are worthy of close attention.

    Indeed, the “neighbor conversation” online space is heating up tremendously, with at least a couple dozen start-ups and digital media giants trying to crack the code of neighborhood-level traction.

    Three out of five Burlington, VT households connect with their neighbors through our offering, FrontPorchForum.com.  Amazingly, in 2011 HALF of them posted.

    Most of us want to be more  connected to the people and place around where we live… this is a huge opportunity.

  2. I’ve got a couple of subtle and not-so-subtle corrections here from somebody in the trenches. I founded EveryBlock and have been working on it for 4.5 years.

    “EveryBlock, now a part of MSNBC, was one of the first to develop a microlocal news source…down to a block level” — No need to soften the language here. We were *the* first. 🙂

    Also, a subtle distinction: we’re a part of msnbc.com, which is a separate company from MSNBC.

    “Pulling public records and web based feeds is easy” — I wish it were! In fact, pulling public records is quite difficult. Convincing governments to open their data, writing the code that parses/scrapes it, figuring out what it *means* and explaining that in a way that normal people care about, AND doing this basically from scratch in each city (!): each of these things is a tough task, and each requires separate skill sets. It’s true that it’s getting easier given the trendiness of open government data as of late, but it’s still far from easy.

    “Even in a hyper-wired San Francisco, a good place to judge first-mover traction, the city message board is fairly sparse” — Judge us by our Chicago site, not San Francisco. http://chicago.everyblock.com/top/ is the place to look. Each day there are all sorts of block and neighborhood conversations happening all over the city.

    “Everyblock and Nextdoor are separate destinations that users normally don’t visit daily like Facebook” — Of course EveryBlock doesn’t compare to Facebook, but EveryBlock is indeed visited daily by our core users. It helps that we have a daily email digest of all activity near the places you follow.

    “And they won’t visit them daily unless their neighbors are actively contributing new content” — This is an incorrect assumption in the case of EveryBlock, because of all of our non-user-submitted news. Even if nobody in my neighborhood posts stuff in a given day, I’ll still see probably a dozen little pieces of news, whether it’s Flickr photos, reported crimes, neighborhood media mentions or any of the 20+ types of information we collect (some of which is visible in your screenshot above; it’s different in each metro). This is very deliberate on our part, precisely because of this problem you identified.

    Adrian @ EveryBlock

        1. Hi Adrian,

          I’ve amended the article to change the top two items.  The others aren’t factual errors, per se, but you’ve responded to them pretty well in the comment above.

          Best,
          David.

  3. Hmmm.

    Booting up new towns or areas is a very very difficult problem.  I live in SF and Adrian’s exhortation to visit Chicago makes me a little sad 🙂

    We’ve done a lot better in smaller towns without the competition of a place like Craigslist (which actually still does very very well with local forums in a lot of cities) and still it is mind blowingly difficult even there to get a new place going.  

    Our method was to aggregate and create local news feeds from 50k sources, often in places where we have become the only news source focused on their town, and our experience suggests that this works probabilistically — and it was best to do it in a *lot* of places as the percentage takeoff is way way under 100%

    Further, past a certain point, making the news “better” or adding a bunch of other stuff to it (we did this in our first iPhone app “Aura”) didn’t work to boot up new communities.  We keep an eye on the Everyblock service as they do about as much as you could *possibly* do with regards to integration of available info, but so far, the cost benefit doesn’t seem to be something we want to steal..er…innovate around.

    Instead, we’re trying to get our couple of thousand towns to start looking at a local take on national issues around the 2012 election and its associated issues to get more involvement, and then hope that this spreads activity and boots up more areas.

    Glad you guys are keeping watch on this space!

    Chris Tolles
    CEO Topix

  4. Local communities form around people not software.  

    If the software can help a local champion catalyze conversations in the community or help them make money or help them expand their influence in their area then activity will flourish through that software.

    Facebook can do that, though I’d argue local social connections are very different from personal social connections.

    Blogging platforms have done a pretty good job of serving the needs of local champions, but they can be too broadcast-oriented and lack the power of a collaborative space.  

    Wikis are good for participation, but they can be too complex to setup for many people and don’t necessarily serve local needs well.  

    Perhaps a more collaborative and open microblog approach could work.

    We’re developing something like that in the UK which we’ve called n0tice.com.  We’ve explicitly used the noticeboard or bulletin board metaphor, but we took it a step further and made it possible to create your own customized noticeboard for your local community.  

    …you can also make money.  You retain 85% of the revenue earned on featured ads on your noticeboard.

    Early days, clearly, but the model seems to appeal.

    Matt

  5. EveryBlock STARTED in Chicago. That would be the massive, huge, incontrovertible, undeniable difference as to why it is alive and kicking there, and not generating much discussion elsewhere (or so it seems). And here’s hoping that makes it clearer as to why you are not going to get genuine, real, heartfelt traction with all of these aggregation/generic/templatized type services. You MUST be born of the neighborhood to serve the neighborhood and be embraced by the neighborhood – and even then, it’s no slam dunk, trust me and the hundreds who are laboring at this across the country as true independent community-collaborative sites. Why in the world does everyone think there has to be a 7-11 or McDonald’s type chain of microlocal? Go create something that sings for your own hometown, and leave the rest of the world to be Authentically Local in their own way. If you really want to create a tool to help folks, then do so, but don’t do it by setting up Podunk.Mysoftware.Com x 1,000 and saying “Hi! We’re here! We want to be your gathering place!”

    P.S. Back to EveryBlock, I think what’s been created there is awesome – but there is no need for it to yearn to be a discussion site too. IMNSHO. 

    Tracy

    1. I agree, hometowns will naturally work in hyperlocal. I think the main question is how to take a national system like Everyblock and replicate that hometown spirit in other cities.

  6. I was been suffering hardshiply from HIV/AIDS since 9yrs now, and i happen to have 2 kids for my husband, and now we cannot proceed to have another kids all because of my disease and now i have do all what a human like i and my husband can do just to get my disease healed, i have went to several places to seek for help not even one person could ever help, until i melt a comment on the daily news paper that was commented by Miss Marilyn about how this powerful traditional doctor help her get cured of the disease (HIV-AIDS) ” my fellow beloved” i firstly taught having a help from a spiritual traditional healer was a wrong idea, but i think of these, will i continue to stress on these disease all day when i have someone to help me save my life?” so i gather all my faiths and put in all interest to contact him through his Email address at agumaguspelltemple@gmail.com , so after i have mailed him of helping get my disease cured, i respond to me fast as possible that i should not be afraid, that he is a truthful and powerful doctor which i firstly claimed him to be. So after all set has been done, he promise me that i will be healed but on a condition that i provide him some items and obeyed all his oracle said. I did all by accepting his oracolous fact and only to see that the following week dr agumagu me on my mail box that my work is successfully done with his powers, i was first shocked and later arise to be the happiest woman on earth after i have concluded my final test on the hospital by my doctor that i am now HIV- Negative. My papers for check are with me and now i am happy and glad for his miraculous help and power. With these i must to everyone who might seek for any help, either for HIV cure or much more to contact him now at these following email now, Email: agumaguspelltemple@gmail.com

  7. All thanks to Dr Greg Carlos for his good work

    and for healing my brother for HIV sickness he was very sick for five years and my daddy have spend so much money on medical care and drug he have being taking to some many place for healing… even different pastor have pray for him it get worse every 6hous the man that heal with 45mins is here the man that the lord god have giving the power to put every thing in place the man that give a word and never fail my kid brother was just chatting one day when he see this post of jack about the curing of HIV/ADIS virus by Dr Greg Carlos he run to my daddy and tell him about the man my daddy decided to call him and confirm it if it is true about the cure the man just assure him about his work that the great power of is for father and his gods cure any disease include HIV/AID, Rota virus, Smallpox ,Hepatitis well we have hope on him which we give a try to after five days my kind brother started getting better as am write this comment his is at work now what a miracle….. if you need help from Dr Greg Carlos contact him now my friend through his email or phone number dr.gregcarlos@gmail.com. Call Dr Greg Carlos on +2348146867873

  8. Hello to the general public good day at any time this testimony get to you I want to give a testimony about my HIV virus

    that was cured by a great spell caster. Since last 4 months I have

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  9. Hello……… my name jessica All thanks to Lord KAKA for his good work and for healing my brother for HIV sickness he was very sick for five years and my daddy have spend so much money on medical care and drug he have being taking to some many place for healing… even different pastor have pray for him it get worse every 6hous the man that heal with 6min is here the man that the lord god have giving the power to put every thing in place the man that give a word and never fail my kid brother was just chatting one day when he see this post of jack about the curing of HIV/ADIS virus by Lord KAKA he run to my daddy and tell him about the man my daddy decided to call him and confirm it if it is true about the cure the man just assure him about his work that the great power of is for father and his gods cure any disease include HIV/AID, Rota virus, Smallpox ,Hepatitis well we have hope on him which we give a try to after five days my kind brother started getting better as am write this comment his is at work now what a miracle….. if you need help from Lord KAKA contact him now on kakasolutiontemple@gmail.com

  10. Hello ,i am Barry from Florida,i am 50 years old,i saw a comment posted by Jenny Louis from New York, on how she was free from skin cancer with cannabis CANNABIS OIL by doctor dories, i was diagnosed of HIV infections for the pass two years , i contacted jenny Louis and she told me that this very doctor cures HIV cancer , and he also cures HIV/AIDS too, then i contacted Dr Destiny, so he told me what to do to get healing and free from HIV , so i make provisions for the HERBAL CREAM which i used for two weeks and now just to see that the exact week which doctor destiny told me i we be healed i was felling good and healthy , my skin regained, i went for check up in the hospital and my doctor told that me that all the virus disappeared from my blood vessels and normal, then i made a promise to Dr destiny that i will testify of his good herbal work to the world, so I will like you to contact him on(destinyspelltemple@gmail.com ) if you have any health issue i believe Dr Destiny will help you………………………………

  11. This is how DR IDIALU helped me in getting rid of my HERPES SIMPLEX 2 VIRUS
    disease. I am TRACY BEN my email address is tracyben12345@gmail.com i was diagnosed of
    this disease for over FIVE years i have be looking for solution until January this year.
    thought all hope is lost, I was half dead just because of the pain I was separated from the crowd and i was now alone,truly I was in a great pain, I tried all my best
    to be happy again but I can’t, until a good friend of mine introduced a
    great SPIRITUALHEALLER to me who is DR.IDIALU, saying that she saw many
    testimonies on how he helped people getting rid of their HERPES SIMPLEX Virus he gave
    me his email which is okhihiespelltemple@gmail.com. I spoke to him and being a kindhearted man he answered me without any delay. I told him
    my problems, he asked me to buy some items, and though I couldn’t find the
    items I sent him the money to buy the items for me. Which he did
    successfully, he cast the spell, before he prepared the herbal. he send it to me via corrie service and he instructed me on how to take the herbal. and asked me to go for medical checkup
    which I did, I didn’t believe when the doctor told me that am HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS negative,
    truly am still short of words, I thank DR.IDIALU for the great deeds, if you
    are having a similar problem I will advice you to contact dr IDIALU on his email okhihiespelltemple@gmail.com

  12. MY TESTIMONY ON HOW DR. MODUKU WILLIAMS CURED MY HIV/AIDS DISEASE.
    MY HIV/AIDS DISEASE TESTIMONY

    Hello!
    My name is Elizabeth Davis. Presently, I work in a manufacturing company Here

    in London. I just want to briefly share my testimony to the world on how Dr.

    Moduku Williams cured my HIV and AIDS disease some years ago before i got

    married.
    Few years ago, I was a stripper in a club. Due to the nature of the job that very

    time, I got infected with HIV which later led to AIDS. I went for a test and i was

    HIV positive. I share this testimony today to let the world know that there is no

    problem without solution. I never taught Dr. Moduku Williams could ever get my

    HIV/AIDS disease cured with his healing herb spell. I have tried almost everything

    but I couldn’t find any solution or cure. I have spent so much money on drugs

    and several medications, but no cure until one day that i was just browsing on

    the internet when i came across a great post from Rose who truly said that she

    was HIV positive and was healed that very week through the help of this great

    powerful healing spell doctor; Dr. Moduku Williams. Then I was wondering why

    he is called the great Dr Moduku, and i later find out that it is all because of the

    great and perfect work that he has been doing in the lives of many that makes

    people to call him “Great Doctor”. I quickly contacted him with the information

    that were given to me by Rose. He gave me words of encouragement and told me

    that i will be healed. He also told me how to get the herbs and how to apply them.

    So i did exactly all he instructed. Behold, that same month all the strength that

    left me before jacked back . I regained my shape and i became very strong and

    healthy. Again, i went to hospital for test, to my greatest surprise i became HIV

    negative till date. This disease almost took my life. I am so amazed about the

    healing Dr. Moduku Williams gave to me. May God continue to bless him for his

    good work he is doing in the lives of many. If you have similar or different health

    challenge,or problems as enumerated below, you can also contact or email him

    now via the following information.

    CONTACT NUMBER: +2348161646564
    EMAIL:healthandsolution@outlook.com
    WHATSAPP: +2348100276732

    PLEASE NOTE THAT DR. MODUKU WILLIAMS IS ALSO A SPECIALIST IN CURING AND

    PROVIDING SOLUTIONS TO THE FOLLOWING

    1. Infertility
    2. Cancer;
    3. menopause;
    4. Weak erection in men or dead manhood;
    5. Diabetes and Tuberculosis;
    6. Sexually transmitted diseases of any kind. E.g Gonorrhea
    7. Delay in child bearing
    8. Stroke;
    9. Restoration of marriages;
    10. Ulcer;
    11. Low sperm count;
    12. Irregular menstruation/menstrual pains;
    13. Hepatitis B or C;
    14. Body odor;
    15. Bed-wetting;
    16. Herpes;
    17. Tuberculosis;
    18. Mental disorder etc.

    CONTACT NUMBER: +2348161646564
    EMAIL:healthandsolution@outlook.com
    WHATSAPP: +2348100276732

  13. MY TESTIMONY ON HOW DR. MODUKU WILLIAMS CURED MY HIV/AIDS DISEASE.
    MY HIV/AIDS DISEASE TESTIMONY

    Hello!
    My name is Elizabeth Davis. Presently, I work in a manufacturing company Here

    in London. I just want to briefly share my testimony to the world on how Dr.

    Moduku Williams cured my HIV and AIDS disease some years ago before i got

    married.
    Few years ago, I was a stripper in a club. Due to the nature of the job that very

    time, I got infected with HIV which later led to AIDS. I went for a test and i was

    HIV positive. I share this testimony today to let the world know that there is no

    problem without solution. I never taught Dr. Moduku Williams could ever get my

    HIV/AIDS disease cured with his healing herb spell. I have tried almost everything

    but I couldn’t find any solution or cure. I have spent so much money on drugs

    and several medications, but no cure until one day that i was just browsing on

    the internet when i came across a great post from Rose who truly said that she

    was HIV positive and was healed that very week through the help of this great

    powerful healing spell doctor; Dr. Moduku Williams. Then I was wondering why

    he is called the great Dr Moduku, and i later find out that it is all because of the

    great and perfect work that he has been doing in the lives of many that makes

    people to call him “Great Doctor”. I quickly contacted him with the information

    that were given to me by Rose. He gave me words of encouragement and told me

    that i will be healed. He also told me how to get the herbs and how to apply them.

    So i did exactly all he instructed. Behold, that same month all the strength that

    left me before jacked back . I regained my shape and i became very strong and

    healthy. Again, i went to hospital for test, to my greatest surprise i became HIV

    negative till date. This disease almost took my life. I am so amazed about the

    healing Dr. Moduku Williams gave to me. May God continue to bless him for his

    good work he is doing in the lives of many. If you have similar or different health

    challenge,or problems as enumerated below, you can also contact or email him

    now via the following information.

    CONTACT NUMBER: +2348161646564
    EMAIL:healthandsolution@outlook.com
    WHATSAPP: +2348100276732

    PLEASE NOTE THAT DR. MODUKU WILLIAMS IS ALSO A SPECIALIST IN CURING AND

    PROVIDING SOLUTIONS TO THE FOLLOWING

    1. Infertility
    2. Cancer;
    3. menopause;
    4. Weak erection in men or dead manhood;
    5. Diabetes and Tuberculosis;
    6. Sexually transmitted diseases of any kind. E.g Gonorrhea
    7. Delay in child bearing
    8. Stroke;
    9. Restoration of marriages;
    10. Ulcer;
    11. Low sperm count;
    12. Irregular menstruation/menstrual pains;
    13. Hepatitis B or C;
    14. Body odor;
    15. Bed-wetting;
    16. Herpes;
    17. Tuberculosis;
    18. Mental disorder etc.

    CONTACT NUMBER: +2348161646564
    EMAIL:healthandsolution@outlook.com
    WHATSAPP: +2348100276732.

  14. I’m giving a testimony about Dr. Lamano the great Herbalist, he has the cure to all manner of diseases, he cured my ZIKA VIRUS though I went through different website I saw different testimonies about different spell casters and herbalist, I was like: ‘Many people have the ZIKA virus cure why are people still suffering from it?’ I thought of it, then I contact Dr. Alex via email, I didn’t believe him that much, I just wanted to give him a try, he replied my mail and Needed some Information about me, then I sent them to him, he prepared it (CURE) and sent it to Airfreight Courier Service for delivery, he gave my details to the Courier Office, they told me that 3-5 days I will receive the package and i took the medicine as prescribed by him and I went for medical check-up 13 days after finishing the medicine, I was Zika virus Free, if you are ZIKA VIRUS patient do me a favor for you to contact him and I will try my possible best to make sure you get cured, when you contact him, make sure you tell him that I referenced you.. contact him via: dr.khumalosolutiontemple@yahoo.com or call him on +2349057915022 or whatsapp number 2349037314769.

  15. I’m giving a testimony about Dr. Lamano the great Herbalist, he has the cure to all manner of diseases, he cured my ZIKA VIRUS though I went through different website I saw different testimonies about different spell casters and herbalist, I was like: ‘Many people have the ZIKA virus cure why are people still suffering from it?’ I thought of it, then I contact Dr. Alex via email, I didn’t believe him that much, I just wanted to give him a try, he replied my mail and Needed some Information about me, then I sent them to him, he prepared it (CURE) and sent it to Airfreight Courier Service for delivery, he gave my details to the Courier Office, they told me that 3-5 days I will receive the package and i took the medicine as prescribed by him and I went for medical check-up 13 days after finishing the medicine, I was Zika virus Free, if you are ZIKA VIRUS patient do me a favor for you to contact him and I will try my possible best to make sure you get cured, when you contact him, make sure you tell him that I referenced you.. contact him via: dr.khumalosolutiontemple@yahoo.com or call him on +2349057915022 or whatsapp number 2349037314769.

  16. just got diagnosed with HSV1, and reading this actually made me feel like crawling and crying like a baby. The outbreak I have right now is genital and in my throat and mouth, I talked to the doctor who did the blood test on me and said over time that it would eventually get much better. She said that what I’m having is a massive outbreak and is unusual, but that it may be due to the fact that I stressed myself out over it so much. She also told me even though I have it in the genital area that It doesn’t mean that I needed “private to private” contact to acquire it. But this did make me feel a whole lot better about the whole situation. For anyone else to has HSV1 after all this stress and pains am passing and the doctor saying all such of crap i was not convince by his Theory so i decided to go on the internet and saw this comments by Rose who testify about how she get cured by root and herbs by Dr Erazua, when i first bump into it i didn’t believe the comments at first so i decided to confront her on Facebook and really know what and how did it work because my doctor told me there is no cure for herpes, so i really contacted DR ERAZUA, he responded in A minute the only thing he ever ask for was just the items of which he will use to prepare for the herbs, after all this he send the herbs through courier Services, within a week i was cure just like that without no struggle or stress, if you are out there in need of cure contact him with his email address,dr.erazuagreattemple@hotmail.com

  17. i am KATE SMITH my heart is full of joy for what Dr FRED Root and Herds the traditional healer has done for me, i was diagnose with cancer for the past four years, i thought my life was going to end like that, cause i thought there is no cure for this deadly disease, untill came across a testimony of a young man who said that he was cure with the herbal medicine of Dr FRED , initially i thought it was a scam testimony but i said i must also try this man to see if it true or false testimony. so i contacted this man through his email and he response to my emails and told me what to do, i kindly did what he ask me to do, and he sent me his herbal medicine and instructed me on how i will be taking them daily, i kindly follows the precaution and after some weeks i went for medical check up and my result came out with Negative.i want to use this medium to inform everyone living with cancer to stop wasting time on medical drugs and contact Dr FRED the traditional healer for some herbal medicine that will cure you once and for all. Please contact him through his email: doctorfredherbalhome@gmail.com or call him +2348154643687 please note that this man is 100% trusted and guarantee.

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