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Track topics on Lanyrd for smarter event suggestions

Today we're expanding the ways in which you can recieve event suggestions from Lanyrd: you can now track topics around the site, allowing you to subscribe to events that match your exact criteria and are happening in the places you care about.

When people add events to Lanyrd, we encourage them to include topics to help describe what the event is about. We now list over 7,000 topics on Lanyrd covering everything from Astronomy to the Zend Framework, via Space Elevators, Startups, Higher Education, Mobile, NoSQL and even Magic.

We've just launched a new feature that lets you track the topics you are most interested in. We'll then include events from those topics in your suggested events calendar and send them to you in our handy weekly/fortnightly event emails.

Interested in JavaScript events but only if they're taking place on your preferred side of the Atlantic? No problem! You can track a topic worldwide, or opt just to hear about events in that topic from the places you care about. You can either hit the track button directly on our JavaScript events in Europe page, or use our fancy new track/location button to set up exactly the combination of topics and places that fits you best:

Track topics button on our Startup events page

Be aware that both the guides and the topics you are tracking are shown publicly on your Lanyrd profile (here, for example). We plan to introduce privacy preferences in the future for users who would rather not share these publicly.

We've also redesigned our topics index page to highlight topics with lots going on and make it easier to find the right topics to track.

Our new topics index page

This means we now use three methods to suggest events to you, both in your calendar and the emails we send you:

  1. Events your Twitter contacts are speaking at, attending or tracking.
  2. Guides you are tracking.
  3. Topics (optionally limited to specific places) that you are tracking.

We've been experimenting with topic tracking ourselves for a while and found it to be a powerful way of filtering through and discovering new events. We hope you find it as useful as we have!

  • Lanyrd Team @lanyrd

When

Time 3:01pm

Date 13th August 2012

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