Dot429 is a professional community designed for the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community and those who support them. The site provides a variety of content, including updates on issues and stories related to the LGBTA community. Event galleries show images from various events, including the 429Grand SF brunch. The 429 Magazine covers a number of topics, including art, design, politics, business, influential people and lifestyle content. 429 TV provides access to similar content in the form of online videos. A member’s area displays current users with their images, occupation and name. Registered users can access profiles. The Straight Talk page reserves a space for discussions with influential speakers in the LGBTA community. Dot429 is a large community dedicated entirely to LGBTA individuals from all walks of life.
Dot429 was founded in June of 2010 by Bill Stewart. The website has made a number of connections both on and off the web. Many bloggers, professionals and celebrities note interactions through events and gatherings with Dot429. The site also maintains a wide range of videos featuring interviews from many personalities, including actors and social media professionals. The website maintains a large community of LGBTA users as well as a variety of content.
Dot429 offers a little bit of everything to its community. Users can discover relevant news and updates in various areas, ranging from art to politics. The site also provides users with a place to share personal information through a profile. Influential individuals can discuss topics and their lifestyle and users can browse similar videos. The site has an enormous collection of content, all geared towards the professional gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community.
Dot429 uses a black and gold design set against a plain white background. This provides a charming contrast that works well. Different types of content, including images, videos and text, are found throughout however the site manages to keep everything in good order for easy navigating. Subtle design elements provide detail and give the site depth while maintaining a very professional and modern appearance that encourages serious users to come back and join the Dot429 community.
A new user can join the Dot429 community by clicking the gold “’Join Us!” button found near the center of the homepage (inside the black header). The form on the next page asks for an email address, desired Dot429 URL, password, postal code, country location and date of birth. Small icons at the top of the form are available for users who prefer to sign up with a Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, LinkedIn or Open ID account. Users are automatically logged in but advised that they must still access a verification email to complete registration.
Dot429 invites all users to sign up for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges required to maintain account access. The site contains a number of advertisements, which help cover the cost of operations. These are generally geared towards the site’s demographic. Users are not required to make any purchases. All content and features are made available simply by signing up. Much of the content on the site is available for free elsewhere and can be viewed without signing in. Charging a fee would only deter users from joining.
Dot429 is an interesting website for members of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual communities as well as anyone who feels strongly about causes related to those communities. The website nurtures professional interactions and provides a wealth of content including recent news stories and video clips. Users can read and watch interviews with many different individuals in various professions and get to know their fellow users. The site is well-organized and maintains a high degree of professionalism throughout.